A Request for Assistance . . .

My mind has been churning since I took an iPhone picture of a whole farmed salmon in my local Tesco Supermarket with an open ulcer on its tail (see recent blog: Farmed Salmon in my Local Tesco Supermarket).

farmed Tesco salmon

I can’t stop wondering whether this is just an isolated, one-off, or the tip (tail) of the iceberg.

So, my request is, next time you go into a supermarket, wherever you are, talk a good close look at the whole farmed salmon (turning one over to see the other side might be instructive as well) and let me know if you spot any ulcers or otherwise unnatural looking lesions, etc.  Take your iPhone or other camera phone or camera along and send me a picture.  Also the store and location would be useful.  I am going to keep a log of these incidents and just see what comes out of it.  Maybe nothing, maybe increased awareness, and yet again . . .

supermarket salmon

This is an easy way to get involved in an important and growing issue.  Disease in farmed fish and shellfish is on the rise, and there is no research yet on the impact of these viruses on humans.  We are the guinea pigs for the aquaculture industry.  For example, a herpes like virus has recently decimated the French oyster farming industry and a virus has caused a massive reduction in the production of farmed shrimp and prawns in Thailand. The evidence, and the concern, is global.

So, send me your pictures, your comments, your ideas, whatever.  Let’s see what we can do!

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress


About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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2 Responses to A Request for Assistance . . .

  1. I took on a 21 day challenge of going totally vegan and I feel great. I’m starting a new 30 day challenge that will be more moderate. I’m allowing eggs, yogurt, and an occasional piece of fish.

    I purchase skinless farm raised salmon already frozen.

    Is there anything I can look for in this product?


    • Steve: salmon is a very good tasting fish and high in Omega-3 essential oils. However, farmed salmon these days, unless you do your research on the exact farm your fish comes from, is filled with antibiotics, growth hormones, and more and more often, fish viruses and pathogens in high concentrations. If you like fish, barbecued mackerel is very tasty and also high in Omega-3, line caught tuna is mostly additive free, as are most other line-caught fish. Do some research with your grocer to find out what fish farms they buy from and how they grow their fish. Don’t be surprised if the fish farm won’t tell you any information about mortality rates, viruses, growth hormones, etc. According to law they don’t have to disclose these things, even though the fish are grown for human consumption.

      Congratulations on the veg diet. I should do the same. Keep in touch.


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