Claire Corlett

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Norway’s Salmon Farming Crisis | The Fish on My Plate | FRONTLINE

Norway’s Salmon Farming Crisis | The Fish on My Plate | FRONTLINE

But, you see…>>GREENBERG: The Vosso is a legendary river with a legendary salmon. Except, in this marketing film, it’s a make-believe, computer-bred salmon.>>This is Mowi.>>Luckily, it’s only half of my name, so that’s good.>>GREENBERG: Frederik Mowinckel’s uncle was an early fish farming pioneer. His company– and his name– got swallowed up by an industry giant.>>My uncle would never… He would never have allowed this sort of animal farming.>>GREENBERG: Frederik says he never thought much about his relative or the industry until this farm suddenly appeared off his summer cottage. We have this expression in the states– NIMBY, “not in my backyard.” People don’t want things in their view sheds. Is this just a NIMBY issue?>>I don’t think that’s very fair. Did that particular farm trigger my deep-rooted interest in getting to the bottom of what is actually going on in the salmon farm? Yes. We have an issue with escaped salmon that mixes with the wild, we have an issue with sea lice, which is also affecting the wild salmon. We have the overall pollution. Those are the major issues that I have with salmon farming.>>GREENBERG: The Vosso salmon, which for millennia returned to these home waters, was the biggest of all Atlantic salmon. Now, like many other salmon runs in Norway, there are more escaped farmed fish in this river than wild salmon. And the Vosso salmon is threatened with extinction.>>There is a nursery program. They are trying to bring the salmon back, and that makes this even more ridiculous, because the salmon isn’t there anymore. The number of wild salmon has been reduced dramatically over the years, and one of the main reasons is all the disease and sea lice and everything that happens as a result of salmon farming.>>GREENBERG: Sea lice– I didn’t know much about these small marine parasites that attach to juvenile salmon and feed off the gills and through the skin. So I found Lars Asplin at the Institute of Marine Research.>>Here, you see how it looks like. It’s more, like, in a swarm of bees.>>GREENBERG: This is a computer model of how sea lice from a single farm can breed and spread, infecting the wild salmon. Can sea lice actually kill salmon?>>Yes, 100-gram fish, if they have more than ten sea lice, we usually regard it to be lethal.>>GREENBERG: Lethal? Imagine the same process duplicated on a thousand farms up and down Norway’s coast. Meanwhile, the government has looked at plans to expand the industry as much as five times. But they know they have problems. Is the sea lice a real serious problem?>>Yes, it’s a problem. If the number of sea lice in the farmed fish is higher, then you can get the pressure also for the wild salmon. It’s the fish farmers, they’re responsible to get rid of it and they have used chemicals and that’s been a problem. Of course it’s not good for the environment, and it’s also a problem with resistance.>>GREENBERG: Curiously, these are not even Atlantic salmon in the farm the fisheries director brought us to. They’re rainbow trout. It is an unusually fat rainbow trout, fatter than you would see in nature, I believe. It’s a farmed animal. I don’t think anyone would ever compare a wild pig with a farmed pig, and, I don’t know, if you’re going to eat farmed land animals, I don’t think you could make too much of a beef about eating farmed ocean animals. If you’re going to be a vegetarian, on the other hand, that’s another way to go. I mean, I could see a vegetarian criticizing all this, but I can’t really see a meat-eater criticizing all this, so… All right, let’s return you back to the water. Enjoy your last few days. I think you’ve got three days till harvest, so enjoy them, and I’m sorry that it had to end up this way for you. Oh, dear. Oh, there he goes. I fell in love with the ocean because it was the last great wild place where you could find the last wild food. Is this the shape of the ocean to come? Selectively bred rainbow trout? And invasive species, not even native to Norway, taking up residence here by the millions so that people all over the world can eat the same domesticated thing. And what about the farms you never get to see? What kind of safeguards are they taking in China, in Chile, in Vietnam? And all the other fish we eat that are grown in pens like this? Half the fish on our plates are farmed today. And half the fish I’ve been eating are farmed. They’re just too hard to avoid. That includes Norwegian farmed salmon, which, for the most part, is pretty good. But I still eat it with regret, because I know we can do better.

60 comments on “Norway’s Salmon Farming Crisis | The Fish on My Plate | FRONTLINE

  1. This problem is also happening to the Pacific salmon population. The British Columbian salmon farm industry is also suffering.

  2. fresh butcher cut salmon + a lil butter and tiny squeeze of lemon + cream cheese on a toasted bagel is heaven

  3. He said 'I can see a vegetarian criticizing all this — but I could not see a meat eater criticizing this.'
    Does he assume that meat eaters do not care about the environment or sustainability?

  4. Stop the governments before they fuck up the worlds oceans. Politician are to greedy to see what they are doing to are world. God help are grand children!

  5. Norwegian Salmon is the most poisonous fish – and their idiots are still selling it – and idiots are buying it – let everyone know how many poisons will take Norwegian fish – and the idiots will be informed on the Mendeleev board

  6. There are several problems in aquaculture that should be managed, but there are just not enough fish in the sea to go around, most os the populations that make the other hlaf off fish supply are already exploited at or beyond susteinable levels

  7. How is the ever growing human population going to survive if we sea animal farming isn’t done. The process needs to be perfected but we are heading in the right direction

  8. This supports the denial of renewing open-pen fish farms in my area of the Broughton Archipelago, from the facts of science and observations in Norway. My community of Sointula, BC, Canada, is in solidarity with your First People's occupations of the fish farms at Swanson Island and Midsummer Island. Our community has commerical fishermen as well as tourism based on the viability of the wild salmon runs. I've been to the first day of action at the Swanson Island Occupation and I plan to travel to support both fish farms soon. We are in this fight together to not continue supporting a greedy, unsustainable, industry that is devastating to the existence of Grizzlies, Black Bear, Orca and the people who rely on the wild salmon for either culture, food sources, sports fishing, commercial fishing, etc. Say NO to Farm Fish on the BC Coast!

  9. I love how the narrator doesn't even CONSIDER the possibility of not eating fish. What sick fucks are these that have no self control after watching/making something like this. Have some god damn self control. God I hate the human fucking species.

  10. Oh yeah, wild salmon is fancy.
    But we have hundreds of people with the right to enjoy the health benefits of salmon, so, the only way is farming.
    Besides, all those problems cited are secondary and manageable, and will be solved.
    Just another grim piece of fear trading journalism attempting agaist norway economy and soveraignity.

  11. As usual front line is a fucking joke now there are so many more in depth documentaries, and I will never eat farm salmon ever again! All I can say look up the videos and educate yourself pretty scary stuff mainly starting with the food that they feed these farm salmon …. Fucking scary and completely toxic and disgusting…..

  12. His last comment .. dead wrong. Norwegian Salmon is worst fish ever. The fish are sick and pumped full with chemicals and antibiotics. most disgusting and unhealthy fish you can get.

  13. Watch this, its a 1000x more informative about whats really going on with farmed fish:

  14. For the longest time I thought it'd be really good for my health eating salmon or fish in general… Now I know the baltic sea is a shithole for fish and it's apparently the same with fishfarms everywhere. 🙁

  15. The tails say volumes to the health of those salmon. Those are the saddest looking things I have ever seen! They look like they have been burnt off by all the pesticides and the nasty water that those farms contain the fish in. The truth is they never develop correctly from the start! Don't care how good salmon is for me, I wouldn't feed that to my worst enemy! They are filled with all sorts of stuff that is bad for you, that it has to negate any positive qualities.

  16. "SHAME!!" on such a rich country in which I grew up believing was so pure and ethical.!! Those profiteers at the helm of this corrupt industry and other shameful ventures are half to blame, the other half of the disgrace can be branded on the Norwegian Government and it's Royal family. In my eyes Norway was a hope in humanity that that I carried in my heart. Now you so called leaders join the ranks of SCUM!! Why don't you take better care of your population, the people who trusted and looked up to you?? Curse You !!!!!!

    You at the helm of your longboats are rich in $$$, but the lowest of low in human quality….

    I now don't feel so reserved about Mr Putin sniffing around your heels….

    Jordie Gundersen

  17. I seems like this is a two-printed problem… forestry wastes and polluted fish food pellets and the fish farms and associated lice etc. Can’t understand why both can’t be managed better in this day and age.

  18. This is still happening to the Sockeye and Atlantic salmon of Norway and Canadas British colombia. Fish farms are DESTROYING the salmon fishery. All fish including wild ones are being diseased as well and pollution of water and flesh of the fish itself. Started in 1999 being fought since 2009 and its 2018!!!

  19. Assuming that meat eaters have no valid argument for criticizing the consumption of farmed salmon/trout leaves out other more intelligent arguments. The movie reflects the lack of knowledge of toxicity in fatty tissues of farmed fish. Into account must also be taken the food consumed by the fish. Concentration of heavy metals, pesticides and other environmental toxins in the feed pellets for the farmed fish, makes especially farmed salmon a true toxic food source to be avoided. Therefore meat eaters especially have a valid argument and right to criticize farmed trout/salmon, especially because they rely on their meat not to be a health hazord!!!
    The movie/clip is in my opinion vague at best and has no bite to it!

  20. Dam these A holes and their so called profits. Can someone blow up these salmon farms………. and their owner please

  21. thank you PBS for looking into farmed fish. but please dig deep, there seems to be serious issues beyond just sea lice. what about toxicity and sustainability and fish pellets. look into it!

  22. i have always enjoyed Salmon, but nowdays basicly everything in the shop says "Norway Salmon" on, and the part with that is that i know it's not wild, becus the color is something different, but what you can really know that it's an farmed fish is the ugly discusting taste.. it taste like what they eat, basicly themself and other ingridents that i don't want to know.. basicly it taste like shit and medicine. so i don't eat eny salmon enymore not even our own Sea salmon that swim around finland, but ofc, we have our own farmed salmon to.. dosent mather where they come from, there is no "wild" enymore, all you can find is quality shit that cost more then your house.

  23. FRONTLINE PBS seems to have no idea what they are writing of.On the script is written about river Vasso in Alaska??? and program is telling about river Vosso here in Norway.
    I live about 50km from river Vosso in Bergen .In the fjord where Vosso runs to the sea is at least 13 salmon farms which means miljons of salmons and rainbow trouts.Nearly every year escapes salmon and rainbow trout from farms and sometimes with lethal disease like a couple of years ago.Tens of thousands(about 90000 if i remember right) raibow trouts,with lethal contagious disease,escaped from one farm during storm and owners of the farm had not even informed National food Administration that fish are sick. Those fish should had been destroyed as toxic waste long time before they "escaped".
    Wild seatrout is nearly extinct and without putting hunreds of thousands farmed salmon cubs to the rivers and the sea same had happened to original wild salmon in all rivers which runs to same fjord.Sea lice kill's cubs when they migrate to the sea from rivers.
    DON'T BUY OR EAT farmed norwegian salmon.IT'S TOXIC and tastes like shit compared to wild fish.Fish farming is worst enviromental offense in Norway but many very very rich farm owners are among them who decide about fish farming and only money talks.

  24. Mass production is destroying Earth. Ignorant, greedy business-people are indeed destroying Earth for their short-term gain.

  25. this is down right evil at work here. these fish have tumours and strange deformations. this is purposely done to be passed along the food chain to us and other creatures that rely on them. its all in line with there depopulation agenda. this is a true FACT

  26. the State of Washington by Jay Inslee's great leadership (a real man) is banning this filthy garbage practice of wrecking wild salmon with 'fish farms'. !!!   Mr. Horgan, and Norway too here , why can't you do what Mr. Inslee is doing AND BAN FISH FARMS SO OUR FUTURE KIDS AND THEIR KIDS AND THEIR KIDS  CAN HAVE THEIR OCEAN AND FISH BACK AGAIN !!   ******** RIP FOREVER – TWYLA ROSCOVITCH !!!! WATCH HER AND DR. MORTONS' "SALMON CONFIDENTIAL'".


  28. Hang on… so chemicals are added to the salmon tanks in order to kill the sea lice? And the chemicals get into the fish?

  29. You're right, a farm raised pig is more pleasant to eat than wild boar, but humans have had 9000 years to figure it out. I hope there is a future for Salmon aquaculture. For now, a wild caught Northern Pacific Salmon is king, but if humans get it right, not use antibiotics, and feed the Salmon a proper diet, it could be a great future…for us anyway.

  30. I think to stop the sea lice is to start all over
    Don’t know much about them how long they live and what else is their host
    Take the eggs and what not using a big fish tank like keeping the sea lice away
    Starting over from few ( thousands )

  31. The fish farming companies have a win win situation, farm salmon and kill wild salmon as a byproduct, corner the market !!

  32. Problem with fish farming is that all the chemicals and medicine used for faming are thrown straight into the water. This interacts with surrounding environment directly spreading polluting lakes, rivers and surrounding envidronment. Also the antibiotics are just dumpen in water also increasing resistance and freely spreading those resistant bacteria everywhere. At least with farm animals the problem is somwhow contained. Also farmed fish is most of the time many times more contamined with chemicals due to generally more loose regulations on feed and chemicals.
    If they used some lake or pond that didn't interact with other water sources, I would not be nearly as concerned. But these are just placed on public waters. Farmed fish is pretty much worst food you can eat. Even US factory farmed cow's, which are disgusting are better than farmed fish.

  33. When is it gonna be fixed? when can i eat salmon again? What is the humans worst invention? money! all jobs should have equal pay. All profits should be given to the state. Why aspire to higher education, answer is you wanna work with what you love. What about the loans for education? it is payed for by profits of all companies. Short story, even if you invented ikea you are paid the same as all other humans who work. If you dont choose to work? you get less money. There we have it all solved. No reason to have cheap food. End of story

  34. The Norwegian fisheries minister and her family own shares in an investment firm that owns large fish farms.  She doesn't want reports issued on toxins in farm fish such as ethoxyquin (a pesticide used in producing fish pellets) from being released. No one tests for this as it is not associated with fish.

  35. Please do care for our environment we are all dying and I know you have children and they are the next generation.Remember whatever you do here on earth we are all accountable to God

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