National Fisherman

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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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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