Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Thursday, 16 June 2011
I am thrilled to hear today that the U.S. House is moving to bar genetically modified salmon before the Food and Drug Administration can approve it.
Alaska Rep. Don Young's amendment to a farm spending bill was approved by voice vote late Wednesday. And the House is expected to pass the bill this week. The amendment would prevent the FDA from spending money to approve the application from Massachusetts-based AquaBounty.
Despite pleas from many sectors, the FDA has appeared to be leaning toward approving the so-called Frankenfish (king salmon modified with a growth hormone that allows the fish to grow to market size in half the normal time) and has been considering whether it ought to be labeled as modified.
We have no idea what effect this biologically manipulated fish would have on wild species or the humans who might consume it. And the fact that the FDA is only considering whether or not to identify it with a label concerns me gravely.
If this fish were approved and went unlabeled, it could literally slip into the stream and leave consumers feeling even more insecure in their seafood consumption.
Tempting though it may be to look for easy answers to global food deficiencies, we ought not take the bait on this one.
National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15
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Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.