On the January 10, 2015, hurricane-force winds hit the coast of Norway.
Over 100,000 farm fish escaped during the storm, including 63,000 North American steelhead.
Sport fishermen, furious that these foreign fish were teeming through the fjords near Bergen, set to work recapturing the oddly disfigured steelhead. They sent samples to a lab at the University of Bergen, where their fears were confirmed. The farm fish were positive for a suite of farm viruses.
The race was on. Using hooks, nets, and even spear guns, they recaptured 30,000 of the diseased fish in an effort to stop them from entering nearby rivers, spreading disease, and disturbing the wild Atlantic salmon eggs in the gravel there. As fishermen posted horrific images of what our magnificent steelhead had become in the cages of Norway, major media ran stories and within a month, the Norwegian government enacted a new law: a fine for fish farm escapes.