Silent Spring of the Sea

Read The Sunday Times (1 January 2017): "Salmon industry toxins soar by 1000 per cent"


Graphs 2016-2002 Totals of ALL chemicals in colour graph


More details via GAAIA's press release (1 January 2017): "Fish Farmageddon: Scottish Salmon's Lethal Legacy - Ten-fold Increase in Toxic Chemical Use in Ten Years"

Don Staniford analyzes the chemical stew that farmed fish are raised in and the health risk this poses to humans.

Click here to read "Silent Spring of the Sea". 

(A chapter from the award-winning book 'A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming' published by Harbour Publishing in 2005). 

Read more via 'FishyLeaks: Scottish Salmon's Toxic Toilets Named & Shamed!" (October 2012)

Read press release in full online here

Read exclusively in The Guardian newspaper via “Scottish fish farmers use record amounts of parasite pesticides” and “Chemicals to control salmon parasites”.

According to data obtained via Freedom of Information from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the ‘Filthy Five’ users of toxic chemicals were Marine Harvest, Scottish Salmon Company (Lighthouse Caledonia), Scottish Sea Farms (Leroy/SalMar), Hjaltland Seafarms (Grieg) and Loch Duart.  The ‘Dirty Dozen’ sites using Azamethiphos, Cypermethrin, Deltamethrin, Emamectin benzoate and Teflubenzuron are named for the first time – including Special Areas of Conservation such as Loch Roag and Loch Laxford.    
Chemical resistance means that a cocktail of five toxic pesticides are now used to kill Scotland’s plague of ‘super-lice’.  Almost twice every day for the last four years (2008-2011), chemicals known to be lethal to lobsters and other shellfish were used on salmon farms in Scotland.  Chemicals were used 2,756 times including Emamectin (1,028); Deltamethrin (914); Azamethiphos (487); Cypermethrin (315) and Teflubenzuron (12).
Read in full via ‘Dossier of Chemical Use on Scottish Salmon Farms 2008-2011
The news comes in the wake of a Veterinary Residues Committee report detailing contamination in Scottish farmed salmon with the toxic pesticide Emamectin.  In June, officers from Marine Scotland were charged with carrying out a follow up investigation.  Data obtained via FOI reveals that since 2005 Marine Harvest, Scottish Sea Farms, Skelda Salmon and the Scottish Salmon Company have all been involved in contamination cases.  
“The Scottish Government has sanctioned the use of Scotland’s coastal waters as a dumping ground for the chemical wastes of Norwegian and Polish corporations,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA).  “Scotland’s toxic salmon farms are now infested with resistant ‘super-lice’ and contaminated with chemicals.  The drugs don’t work – just say no to chemically embalmed Scottish farmed salmon.”

For more information read the ‘Media Backgrounder: Chemical Culture in Scotland

Read also "Salmon Farming Kills Lobsters!"