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Farmed salmon should be sterilised to prevent their genes crossing into wild populations, a university study claims.
 
Genetically different captive salmon often escape, Professor Matt Gage from the University of East Anglia said.
 
Farmed fish are less adept at dealing with predators, a trait that could hit wild populations, he said.
 
Salmon farmers say escaped fish offer no threat because they have almost no chance of survival. They say sterilisation is economically unviable.
 
Chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation, Scott Landsburgh, said: "Effective containment of fish is a fundamental part of good fish farming.
 
"The industry makes huge efforts to improve containment standards."
 
The possibility of sterilising the fish has been "under consideration for some time", he said.
 
"However, projects to look at viability continue to return serious questions of fish welfare and economic viability."
 
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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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