Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Professor Kenny Black. (Photo: SAMS)

Merck and Scottish Govt involved in collusion suspicions

Click on the flag for more information about United Kingdom UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, June 07, 2017, 02:00 (GMT + 9)

Multinational Merck is suspected to have hired reviewers to criticise evidence in a scientific study that the company’s salmon farm chemical was causing widespread environmental damage, as it was reported by The Sunday Herald.

The newspaper uncovered that the Scottish Government allowed the US drug company, which manufactures a pesticide containing emamectin benzoate to kill the sea lice that plague caged salmon, to secretly rubbish the scientific study blaming one of its pesticides for killing wildlife in Scottish sea lochs.

The scientists behind the study and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) privately protested about Merck’s involvement, but government and salmon industry officials insisted that the company’s role should be kept secret, according to the Scottish newspaper.

Merck’s behind-the-scenes influence has been exposed by more than 70 megabytes of internal documents released by the Crown Estate under freedom of information law. They also show that government and industry agreed not to issue a press release on the study.

The revelations have been described as “extraordinary” by environmentalists, who are demanding a ban on the pesticide.

According to the newspaper, central to the saga is a study carried out by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban for the charity Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF), funded by the Scottish Government and the fish farming industry to support a “sustainable” fish farming industry.

The study, which was posted online in August 2016, suggested that emamectin contamination of the seabed was causing “substantial, wide-scale reductions” in crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans.

But it was contained within a second report that cast major doubts on its findings, which was said to have been the result of concerns from “independent” but unnamed referees. But internal communications name Merck as responsible for the criticisms.

In a 25-page response to the criticisms in December 2015 Professor Kenny Black and Dr Tom Wilding from SAMS said that four of the five reviewers were “from Merck”.

Furthermore, in emails to SARF they expressed concern that refusing to admit the company’s role “might reflect negatively” on the review “if/when this information becomes public.”

On the other hand, Merck’s UK arm, MSD Animal Health, stressed the value of emamectin in controlling sea lice, and its support for high quality research.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Government highlighted its commitment to “sustainable growth” of the fish farming industry. And a spokesperson ensured that "it is usual for the scientific work reviewers to be anonymous and to hire several reviewers for the process to be robust.

The Scottish salmon industry argued that in its opinion the SAMS study was inconclusive. 



www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
United States
Nov 27, 19:50 (GMT + 9):
Catches-production │ Alaska pollock products │ Bering Sea-GOA │ By season
South Africa
Nov 27, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
The Coega Aquaculture Development Zone
South Korea
Nov 27, 18:00 (GMT + 9):
Pollock milts, 90% imports from Russia
United Kingdom
Nov 27, 11:00 (GMT + 9):
Brexit: Face-to-face trade talks to resume in London
Papua New Guinea
Nov 27, 10:00 (GMT + 9):
Chinese fishing plant in Torres Strait raises alarm for Australian industry and islanders
Spain
Nov 27, 06:00 (GMT + 9):
Guinea Conakry announces in Las Palmas that the fishing agreement with the EU is very close
Argentina
Nov 27, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
The 'Mar Argentino' reached Mar del Plata port.
Indonesia
Nov 27, 00:50 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | La Voz de Galicia: Indonesian Minister of Fisheries, who accepted bribes, is arrested for corruption
United Kingdom
Nov 27, 00:40 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: Focus on opportunity, urges new Seafood Scotland chair
European Union
Nov 27, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | EuropaAzul: The European Union (EU) and the Cook Islands government have renewed their agreement on tuna
Russian Federation
Nov 27, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Statistics │ Imports and exports │ Salmon, trout, crab, shrimp, pollock and more │ August 2019-20
Russian Federation
Nov 27, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Statistics │ Exports │ Frozen King crab - Snow crab (opilio) - Swimming crab │ 2015/20
Russian Federation
Nov 27, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Statistics │ Exports │ Crabs: live-fresh │ 2015/20
United Kingdom
Nov 27, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: UK publishes new guide for fish shipowners and exporters on the day after 'Brexit'
New Zealand
Nov 26, 18:00 (GMT + 9):
Overseas fishing crew refused permission to apply for visas ahead of Antarctic season



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Huge search continues for missing crew after fishing boat sinks
United Kingdom A desperate search for two missing fishermen has entered its second day after their boat sank off the East Sussex coast. The coastguard pulled one man from the water after the vessel, Joanna C, se...
Domestic market situation for wholesale frozen fish
Russia Fed. From November 16 to 22, the price dynamics of frozen fish in the wholesale segment of the domestic market continued to be multidirectional. In the Far East region, prices for pollock (93 rubles / k...
BREXIT: Flagship Fisheries Bill becomes law
United Kingdom The Fisheries Bill receives Royal Assent after 10 months in Parliament Yesterday the UK’s first major domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years passed into law. The Fisheries Act 2020...
Lots of fishing is going on across Alaska – November updates!
United States A preliminary wrap up of Alaska’s 2020 salmon fishery shows that communities will be hurting in terms of fish tax revenues this coming year. The value of salmon landings is down by half or much ...
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation - Wartsila Group Headquarters
ITOCHU Corporation - Headquarters
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Brim ehf (formerly HB Grandi Ltd) - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
Cooke Inc. - Group Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart | Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) - Headquarters
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2020 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER