Gill Diseases

Coming in December 2017 - an update on "Gill Diseases: Scottish Salmon's Dirty Big Secret"

Documents released via FOI by the Scottish Government in November 2012 disclosed 29 cases of Amoebic Gill Disease and other infectious gill diseases at salmon farms in Scotland between July and October 2012 - the list includes:

AGD Q3 2012 cases #1
AGD Q3 2012 cases #2

Read the FOI documents in full online here

A further 15 cases between October 2011 to April 2012 were detailed by Marine Scotland in September 2012 via a Freedom of Information (read the FOI documents in full online here):

AGD list #1
AGD list #2

AGD list #3

Read more via the November 2012 report "Gill Diseases: Scottish Salmon's Dirty Big Secret"

News coverage on the above report is online via:

"Chlamydia and gill disease ravage Scottish salmon: GAAIA" (FIS, 7 November 2012)

"Farmed salmon ravaged with parasitic diseases, campaigners warn" (The Scotsman, 6 November 2012)

Also read:

"Salmon company prepares to slash job numbers in Western Isles" (STV News, 8 January 2013)

"Scottish Salmon Company expects to cut jobs in islands" (Stornoway Gazette, 8 January 2013)

"Scottish Salmon profits are hit by disease outbreak" (The Herald, 30 November 2012)

“£17m loss threatens the salmon industry” (Daily Mail, 13 October 2012)

Parasite kills hundreds of tonnes of fish across the Western Isles” (The Scotsman, 13 October 2012)

Vast numbers of salmon dying from major disease outbreak” (Hebrides News, 12 October 2012)

Fishermen in Western Isles losing up to 20% of stock as disease spreads” (STV News, 11 October 2012)

In January 2013, GAAIA filed a further FOI requesting ALL cases in both 2011 and 2012 - the reply is expected in early February 2013.

For more background please see below

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Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 19 November 2012
 
Fit for the Queen & Residents of Nova Scotia - Loch Duart’s Chlamydia-Contaminated Salmon?
 
North Uist, Outer Hebrides – A warning letter from the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore in Nova Scotia will be delivered later today (19 November) to Loch Duart’s office in Lochmaddy.  Disease data obtained from Marine Scotland via Freedom of Information reveals that Loch Duart’s operations in Lochmaddy were riddled with infectious diseases including Epitheliocystis (Chlamydia), Salmonid Alphavirus (Salmon Pancreas Disease Virus) and Vibrio species (Winter Ulcer).  GAAIA has now written to Her Majesty the Queen, who served Loch Duart farmed salmon at her Diamond Jubilee, asking her to screen her farmed salmon for Chlamydia and other infectious diseases. 
 
“I am writing to you from New Scotland, Nova Scotia, where Loch Duart is seeking to have licences on our Eastern Shore to install three eighteen hectare open pen salmon feedlots,” wrote Marike Findlay, President of the Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore (APES).  “We, the citizens of Nova Scotia, beseech you, the citizens of Scotland, to prevail upon your government not to allow Loch Duart to come to Nova Scotia to contaminate our waters.  Pollution that severely damages our wild catch fisheries, our tourism industries, and our wild and pristine environment, is not the kind of diplomacy that needs to exist between the New and Old Scotlands.” 

Letter delivery 18 Nov 2012

Read the letter in full online here and watch a video report of the letter being delivered yesterday (nobody was home so it will be redelivered today) online here  
 

Disease data obtained from Marine Scotland via Freedom of Information in August 2012 reveals that Loch Duart’s operations in Lochmaddy were riddled with infectious diseases including Epitheliocystis (Chlamydia), Salmonid Alphavirus (Salmon Pancreas Disease Virus) and Vibrio species (Winter Ulcer) during the period April to July 2012.

Diseases 2012 #1

 

In July 2012, following a FOI request, Marine Scotland also revealed that escapees from Loch Duart’s operations in Lochmaddy in December 2011 had “some Amoebic Gill Disease” (Read more via "Gill Diseases: Scottish Salmon's Dirty Big Secret"). 

In June 2012, Her Majesty the Queen and her guests at her Diamond Jubilee luncheon dined on farmed salmon from Loch Duart’s operations in the Uists.   Last year, Loch Duart farmed salmon was on the menu for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace.

Chlamydia-infected farmed salmon is not fit for the Queen’s corgis let alone the Royal Family,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) who will deliver the letter on behalf of APES.  “Loch Duart markets itself around the world as ‘The Sustainable Salmon Company’ but if truth be told it should re-name itself ‘The Chlamydia Company’.”
 

Don at Loch Duart double 18 Nov 2012
“Loch Duart is a mange-ridden wolf in salmon’s clothing who has duped Her Majesty the Queen, Prince William, the Marine Conservation Society and some of the world’s top chefs including Rick Stein,” continued Staniford who visited Loch Duart’s operations in Lochmaddy yesterday (18 November).  “The fact is that Loch Duart is a company which uses known shellfish-killing chemicals such as Teflubenzuron, Azamethiphos, Cypermethrin, Deltamethrin and Emamectin benzoate and has an appalling history of escapes.  Chlamydia-infected farmed salmon from Loch Duart should be avoided like the plague.”  

 

Read - "Fit for the Queen & Residents of Nova Scotia - Loch Duart’s Chlamydia-Contaminated Salmon?" - in full online here

More details online here

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Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, 6 November 2012
 
Skyfall for Scottish Salmon!
- Chlamydia & Gill Diseases Go Viral in Scotland
 
Isle of Mull, Scotland – A dossier of data obtained via Freedom of Information reveals that Scottish salmon farming is being ravaged by infectious diseases led by the parasitic killers Amoebic Gill Disease, Proliferative Gill Inflammation and Chlamydia: "Gill Diseases: Scottish Salmon's Dirty Big Secret".  Now a former public relations director of the salmon farming company first affected by gill diseases has blown the whistle stating that she was “not prepared to lie to journalists about the extent of the mortalities” [1]. 
 
The Scottish salmon farming industry – which is over 65% owned by Norwegian companies and Norwegian banks - is now paying a hefty price.  The Scottish Salmon Company, Marine Harvest and Scottish Sea Farms are suffering mass mortalities of up to 70%.  Marine Harvest and the Scottish Salmon Company – both listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange – reported significant losses to shareholders and investors in their financial reports.  Marine Harvest, Scotland’s and the world’s largest salmon farming company, predicted further losses in Q4 2012 as gill diseases eat into profits [2].     
 
“The sky is falling on the Scottish salmon farming industry,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) who is visiting salmon farms on the Isle of Skye later this week (7-9 November).  “Scottish salmon is farmed and diseased.  Lamlash Bay on the Isle of Arran is ‘ground zero’ with reports of infectious gill diseases since 2007.  Since then Amoebic Gill Disease has spread like a malignant cancer along the coast of Scotland from Argyll to Orkney and from Skye to the Western Isles.” 

Skyfall diseased salmon farm

“There were these photographs of bins full of stinking dead salmon with maggots all over them,” said Alison Prince, editor of the Voice for Arran (formerly Arran Voice), in an interview (3 November) in front of the Scottish Salmon Company’s site in Lamlash Bay.  “We published them in the Arran Voice which caused a bit of a stushie.” 

Arran Voice photo of maggot infested morts

“But we never got any satisfaction out of the company about what happened,” continued Prince who is a screenwriter and author including the children’s cult classic 'Trumpton'.   “We tried our very best to find out what the disease and what was going on but there was dead silence about it.  So it’s a bit of a mystery really.”

Arran #10 Alison & Don

Photo: Alison Prince, editor of Voice for Arran and author of 'Trumpton', with Don Staniford

Listen to the interview in full online here
 
“I find it impossible to believe that this is not the same disease which killed a large number of fish at Pan Fish’s Arran site a number of years ago (and indeed was the cause of my parting company with them, as I was not prepared to lie to journalists like Nick Underdown about the extent of the mortalities),” wrote Fiona Cameron (a PR consultant and former spokesperson for Pan Fish and Lighthouse Caledonia at the time of the 2007-2008 disease outbreak at the Lamlash Bay site) following an article on AGD in The Daily Mail (14 October 2012).  “Not sure why they’re saying it’s a new phenomenon. I guess they don’t want to frighten the horses (a.k.a. the shareholders!).”
 
Official data from the Scottish Government reveals that Amoebic Gill Disease was first reported at Lamlash Bay in October 2011 killing 279,000 farmed salmon.  By April 2012 the deadly disease had spread to 15 sites including Loch Roag in the Western Isles, the Firth of Lorne, Seil Sound, the Sound of Mull, Loch Kishorn, the Isle of Gigha and the Orkney Isles [3]. GAAIA has now filed a FOI with Marine Scotland requesting disease data from April to November 2012. 
 
Read more via "Gill Diseases: Scottish Salmon's Dirty Big Secret"
 

  3 pack disease sickening rotten


For more details on GAAIA’s tour of Scotland including an itinerary please visit Flying the Flag for Wild Salmon in Scotland & Ireland
 
Watch video reports on our visit to Scotland:
 
Unnecessary Seal Deaths – Mark Carter Explains” (GAAIA, 6 November)
 
Salmon Farming Kills Seals!” (GAAIA, 5 November)
 
The Stench of Scottish Salmon Farming” (GAAIA, 4 November)
 
Salmon Farm Disease Disaster in Lamlash Bay, Arran” (GAAIA, 3 November)
 
GAAIA goes to Scotland’s diseased fish farms on Arran” (GAAIA, 3 November)
 
Norwegian Fish Farms Get Out!  Flying the flag for wild salmon” (GAAIA, 1 November)
 
Contact:
 
Don Staniford: +44 7771 541826 and dstaniford@gaaia.org
www.gaaia.org and www.salmonfarmingkills.com
 
Notes to Editors:
 
[1]  Following an article on Amoebic Gill Disease in The Daily Mail (14 October 2012), Fiona Cameron (a PR consultant and former spokesperson for Pan Fish and Lighthouse Caledonia at the time of the 2007-2008 disease outbreak at the Lamlash Bay site) emailed GAAIA and the Salmon & Trout Association:

AGD Fiona Cameron email
 

[2]  Marine Harvest’s Q3 2012 presentation (26 October) included:
 

AGD MH Q3

Read more via Marine Harvest's Salmonopoly Loss - Q3 $$$$$s drop 86%!”  
 
The Scottish Salmon Company – which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and whose shareholders include a who’s who of Norwegian banks - disclosed to investors via their Q2 2012 financial report in August 2012:

AGD Lighthouse Q2


[3] Reported cases of AGD (October 2011 to April 2012) as detailed by Marine Scotland in September 2012 via a Freedom of Information request from GAAIA (read the FOI documents in full online here):
 

 

AGD list #1
AGD list #2

AGD list #3

[4]  Data disclosed by Marine Scotland in September 2012 following a Freedom of Information request by GAAIA detailed a sordid disease history at the Lamlash Bay salmon farm including Chlamydia, Amoebic Gill Disease, gill problems and Epitheliocistis:

Arran #13 FOI on Lamlash

Read in full online here


Photos disclosed by Marine Scotland reveal disease problems at Lamlash Bay throughout 2012:

Arran #14 photos
 

Read the disease documents in full online here