Facts and Stats
Facts and Statistics self reported by Industry to our Federal Government. No wonder out Auditor General made these statements:
Antibiotic Dumping in Our Bays
The open net pen industry in NL is a world leader in antibiotics use per metric ton of salmon produced.
The full reports can be found here:
In 2016 the NL open net pen industry alone used just over 4 BILLION milligrams of antibiotics but increased this by 50% in 2017 when 5.9 BILLION milligrams were used in the open net pens alone. The hatcheries added to these numbers. Here are the industry reported numbers in
Kilos of active ingredient on our Federal Government's website:
Maybe our government should worry less about flushing some leftover pills down a toilet and focus on the real travesty in our open net pens:
What is being dumped in YOUR bay and is IN the flesh of salmon from the Net Pens?
This compound was recently banned in the EU and is not allowed as a human food additive anywhere in the world. It is in many of the feed pellets used in NL. Invented by Union Carbide as a rubber vulcanizer, this artificial antioxidant allows industry to make feed pellets months in advance, store them without refrigeration, and helps prevent rotting of the wild fishmeal and oil used in the salmon feed.
As much as 3+% of the weight of a feed pellet can be this compound. The active metabolites from this molecule: cross the human blood brain barrier and have been shown to be mutagenic and carcinogenic.
We will list studies and results from independent labs here in future. Watch this space.
Salmosan aka Azamethiphos
A non species targeting neurotoxin is used by simply dumping it into the well boats (and later dumped) or directly into the open net pens in the ocean. The Stephenville hatchery owned by Mowi/Northern Harvest lead all of Canada's hatcheries by a factor of 20 in its use during the last available report from 2017.
100s of KILOS are dumping in NL open net pens annually"
See the stats here:
Studies (link) show a dramatic reduction in lobster survival and increase in storage survival. < 0.217 MICRO grams per litre kills our largest crustacean. No dilution factor could be found to not kill mystid shrimp in this 2013 DFO study (link).
Norway found that undetectable levels were still killing small shrimp in this report:
Slice aka Emamectin benzoate
This toxin is 1000 times more deadly than Salmosan, is not species targeting, and is most often fed to the salmon. This is due to Environment Canada refusing to allow its use when industry first demanded it and so industry had it approved as a feed additive under Health Canada's emergency drug approval program.
Our usage rates can bee seen here: https://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/288b6dc4-16dc-43cc-80a4-2a45b1f93383
This bleaching agent persists in the ocean according to SEPA studies found here. See the latest stats available (2017) at this link showing the TONS being used annually in NL:
https://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/288b6dc4-16dc-43cc-80a4-2a45b1f93383 Impacts on zooplankton, fish and shellfish larva are dramatic as shown in the latest Scottish government reports aka SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) seen here:
Comparison with Other Jurisdictions