Norway fears militant environmentalists are behind salmon sabotage – Fishupdate.com

Norway fears militant environmentalists are behind salmon sabotage Published:  05 January, 2006

THE Norwegian Police Security Service (PST)has reportedly asked Norway’s salmon industry to be vigilant to the threat of sabotage from militant environmentalists after damage to several facilities, the Norwegian website aftenposten reported yesterday. The PST has named militant environmentalists as a priority in their latest threat assessment report.”We are examining (farmed fish) escapes and possible illegal acts at other farming facilities. We are keeping an open mind, also regarding eco-activists being responsible,” Kenneth Nilsen, the investigation leader at the Alta sheriff’s office reportedly said.In June last year 70 thick nylon ropes were reportedly cut, allowing for the release of 100,000 salmon at a salmon farming enclosure in Alta owned by Volden Group. The Volden Group reportedly lost about NOK 6 million (USD 890,000) when about 200 tonnes of salmon went missing and the company has used an additional NOK 2 million to move the rest of their facility. Police are also investigating suspicious events at facilities near the city of Bergen, in Molde and on the Helgeland coast.Live Kleveland, legal adviser for the Norwegian Animal Welfare Alliance, did however found it hard to believe that there was a deliberate sabotage campaign aimed at Norway’s fish farms.“All serious animal welfare organisations reject such criminality. It is in any case extremely damaging to have farmed fish loose in the wild,” Kleveland said.

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