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


This is how Wikipedia sums up the 'Fishrot Files' scandal

Click on the flag for more information about Namibia NAMIBIA
Monday, December 09, 2019, 00:50 (GMT + 9)

Fishrot Files

On 12 November 2019, WikiLeaks began publishing what it called the Fishrot Files (Icelandic: Samherjaskjölin), a collection of thousands of documents and email communication by employees of one of Iceland's largest fish industry companies, Samherji, that indicated that the company had paid hundreds of millions ISK to high ranking politicians and officials in Namibia with the objective of acquiring the country’s coveted fishing quota.That same day, Jóhannes Stefánsson, the former general manager of Samherji in Namibia and a whistleblower working with anti-corruption authorities in Namibia, and other countries, stated on the investigative TV-program Kveikur on RÚV that Samherji's CEO and biggest shareholder, Þorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, authorized the bribe payments.

The scandal also reached Norway when it was revealed that its biggest bank, Den Norske Bank, was involved in the transfer of money used in the alleged bribes.

On 15 November 2019, Fréttablaðið published a story about an email exchange between the general manager of  Síldarvinnslan hf., Gunnþór Ingvason, and Samherji employees, Aðalsteinn Helgason, Jóhannes Stefánsson and an unidentified third man. Fréttablaðið stated that Gunnþór asked for advice on behalf of Henrik Leth, the chairman of Polar Seafood, the largest private fish industry company in Greenland, on conning fishing quota out of authorities in Greenland and pointed to their experience in Namibia. At that time, Síldarvinnslan and Polar Seafood owned together the East Greenland Codfish company. Both Gunnþór and Leth stated that the email had been taken out of context and pointed out that the full transcript clearly states that a third party had voiced interest in building a fish factory in Ammasalik on the east coast of Greenland, something they believed was only a ploy to obtain fishing quota from the government. They further stated that the purpose of the email was to obtain information on the potential cost of such buildup, as Samherji had done similar buildup in Africa, to see if it was feasible.

Reactions

  • In response to the allegations, Samherji published a statement on 12 November where Jóhannes Stefánsson, the whistleblower and former general manager of the Namibia operation, was accused of solely being behind the alleged bribes and that other high ranking staff members were unaware of his actions. Although Jóhannes did admit to being part of the bribe sceme,further records showed that he never had control of the companies bank accounts in Cyprus, where the money flowed through, and that the alleged bribes continued for three years after he left the company.
  • On 13 November, Namibia's Minister of Fisheries, Bernhardt Esau, and Minister of Justice, Sacky Shanghala, were forced to resign due to their involvement in the scandal.
  • On 14 November, the board of Samherji announced that Þorsteinn Már Baldvinsson had temporary stepped aside as CEO and would be replaced by Björgólfur Jóhannsson while the company conducted an internal investigation on the allegations.Namibian Investec banker James Hatuikulipi resigned on the very same day and public enterprise minister Leon Jooste announced further action within the public fishing industry.
  • On 15 November, member of Alþingi for Miðflokkurinn and former Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, accused RÚV and Stundin of practising yellow journalism in relation to the scandal and suggested that the government should stop subsidizing private media companies. The same day, protesters marched to the offices of Namibian's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and demanded the resignation of the head of the ACC, Paulus Noa, and the arrest of the government officials involved in the scandal.
  • On 18 November it was reported that due to the investigations, Þorsteinn Már had temporary stepped aside as the chairman of the fishing industry company Framherji, one of the largest fishing industry companies in the Faroe Islands and partly owned by Samherji.
  • On 20 November it was reported that James Hatuikulipi had resigned as chairman of the state owned fish industry company Fishcor due to the scandal.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
United States
Jan 23, 07:00 (GMT + 9):
Public comment period for BAP Feed Mill Standard extended
Norway
Jan 23, 05:00 (GMT + 9):
Horizon 2020: The autoship project has started
United States
Jan 23, 04:40 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Kodiak’s trawl fleet heads out for pollock, about 30 vessels expected to be fishing
Norway
Jan 23, 04:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fish farmers anxious as Norway faces political turmoil
United Kingdom
Jan 23, 04:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Brexit Party MEP causes more confusion by saying 'British fishers shouldn't be punished for their Brexit stance'
Sweden
Jan 23, 03:20 (GMT + 9):
Swedish subsidiary of PRFoods gets green light to expand operations
Spain
Jan 23, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
First of Nueva Pescanova's new freezer vessels leaves for Mozambique
Norway
Jan 23, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Skrei season starts earlier than expected
Singapore
Jan 23, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Barramundi Asia buys deep tech startup (video)
Norway
Jan 22, 20:10 (GMT + 9):
Export statistics for frozen crab DEC/2019 (video)
Norway
Jan 22, 19:40 (GMT + 9):
Fish Pool Salmon Price Status Report for week 3
Japan
Jan 22, 10:50 (GMT + 9):
Imports of frozen squid (China-Chile-Peru-Argentina-USA-Russia) 2017-18-19
Canada
Jan 22, 10:40 (GMT + 9):
Snow crab exports to USA 2016-17-18-19 volume and prices (video)
Peru
Jan 22, 08:10 (GMT + 9):
Modification of aquaculture regulation seeks to strengthen small and micro enterprises
Canada
Jan 22, 07:20 (GMT + 9):
Are bad subsidies linked to slavery in fisheries?



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
High-stakes herring fishery gamble
Canada Fisheries and Oceans Canada is gambling with a public resource when it comes to herring fishery management. Herring populations are so important yet so variable that managing them in a conventional wa...
After the closure of 61 areas, new evaluation of anchovy biomass will begin
Peru A scientific research vessel from the Institute of the Sea of Peru (IMARPE) will set sail on February 15 to determine the status and biomass of the anchovy resource, a fundamental study to determine t...
Fears grow of structural issues in new Tokyo´s central fish market
Japan It was 15 months ago that Tokyo's aging central fish market at Tsukiji, Chuo Ward, closed its doors for good. As was the case with the transfer of Tokyo's international airport from Haneda to Narita i...
Tuna fishing season in the Pacific Ocean began
Mexico The National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA) announced that on Monday, January 20, the tuna fishing season began with purse-seine vessels in the Pacific Ocean.   The decentrali...
 
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 -Headquarter-
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 Ltd (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) -Headquarter-
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