Freedom of Information requests has amassed data on diseases, toxic chemicals, contaminants, pollution, seal killings, mortalities and other horrors of Scottish salmon farming. Read more online via Freedom For Fish. Don Staniford is also the author of "The One That Got Away: Marine Fish Farming in Scotland" (2001); "Sea Cage Fish Farming: an evaluation of environmental and public health impacts " (2002); "A Big Fish In a Small Pond" (2002); "Closing the Net on Sea Cage Fish Farming" (2003); "Silent Spring of the Sea" (2004); "Fish Farmageddon: The Infectious Salmon Aquacalypse" (GAAIA, 2011); "Five Fundamental Flaws of Sea Cage Fish Farming" (2014) and "Scottish Salmon Farming 101" (2018).
Don Staniford has a proven track record of generating media interest with exclusives published in The Sunday Times, BBC News, The Sunday Herald, The Ferret, The Daily Mail, Bergens Tidende, The Sun on Sunday, World Aquaculture & Fishing, The Guardian, CBC News, The One Show, New Zealand Herald, The Ecologist, NRK, TV2, New York Times, Huffington Post, The Canadian Press, Aftenposten, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Financial Times, The Associated Press, Agence France Press, The Times, The Independent, The Daily Record, Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, The Age, The Common Sense Canadian, Fisheries Information Service, EcoAmericas, National Geographic, The Globe & Mail, Scotland on Sunday, The National, The Courier and many other publications.
Don Staniford is an award-winning campaigner and author. In 2002, he was awarded the Andrew Lees Memorial Award at the British Environment & Media Awards. In 2005, he won the Roderick Haig-Brown BC Book Prize for “A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming” (co-authored with Alexandra Morton, Stephen Hume, Otto Langer, Betty Keller and Rosella Leslie).
Norway's state broadcaster NRK described Don Staniford as a "hair in the soup of the global salmon farming industry" and Intrafish dubbed him the salmon farming industry's "No. 1 enemy". EcoAmericas described him as “a man on a mission against sea-cage salmon farming” whilst the New Zealand Herald referred to him as “the fish farm bogeyman”.
In 2009, Don Staniford delivered a letter to the King of Norway asking him to stop the killing of wild fish by Norwegian salmon farming companies. In 2015, Don Staniford delivered a letter to Her Majesty the Queen (as royal patron of the RSPCA) asking her to stop the killing of seals by RSPCA Assured salmon farms.
Read more via International Business Times: "Scottish waters flooded with salmon blood after food plant leaks" ; "Cooke's Untreated Blood Water is 'Gross' says SEPA"; BBC Radio Shetland on Cooke's "untreated blood water" in Scotland and BBC News: "Shetland salmon packing factory leaks 'blood water' into sea".
Read more via "Loch Duart - The (Really Not Very) Sustainable Salmon Company" and watch "Loch Duart - The Toxic Salmon Company" and "Loch Duart's Rogue Label".
Norwegian-owned companies (including Marine Harvest, Scottish Sea Farms and Grieg Seafood) control ca. 70% of salmon farming in Scotland. Scottish salmon farming is effectively a shop-front for Norwegian companies peddling lice-infested and disease-ridden fish.
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"Tesco's 'Scottish' Salmon Scam Exposed!"; "Tesco in U-turn over 'red herring' of Scots salmon promotion"; "Tesco blames wrong signage for salmon marketed as Scottish" and "Tesco forced to axe marketing campaign after it emerged salmon labelled '100% Scottish' was imported from Norway".