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The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

It sounds like the spawning grounds for Frankenfish are expected to dry up in January.

Massachusetts-based Aquabounty is crying foul over Food and Drug Administration delays in the company's approval process for genetically modified salmon.

Welcome to the world of fishery management, Aquabounty!

OK, OK, so they're dealing with the FDA. But it's the same deal, isn't it?

You want to make a change in your business, but it has to go through the long process of government approval. In the meantime, you may have to shut down completely.

Fishermen on every coast have faced the same fate. Just because you've poured money into manipulating nature rather than harvesting her bounty doesn't make you a special case. Well, it does, but probably not in the way you'd hoped.

In the meantime, all of this delay has some scientists worried that an Aquabounty failure would discourage investments in animal biotechnology.

Again, this is par for the course when it comes to introducing potentially hazardous food sources to the mainstream. Also, I'm not seeing the downside.

We've recently seen reversals on Canadian recommendations for salmon net pens. That technology was once heralded as a great scientific advancement. But it turned out to be infectious. Again, not in the way it was intended.

Maybe in this case the blessing of slow-grinding government wheels is that we get a window for hindsight before making a potentially disastrous first step.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14

In this episode:

North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

 

Inside the Industry

NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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