National Fisherman


Four years after the FDA first considered a proposal to raise genetically modified salmon, no decision has been made. What gives?
 
Under pressure from advocacy groups, big-name grocers like Safeway, Kroger, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have declared that they have no plans to carry genetically engineered salmon if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a Massachusetts-based company’s plan to sell it.
 
Most of the vegetables sold in the U.S. are genetically modified and most states don’t currently require special labeling. If approved, AquaAdvantage salmon would be the first genetically modified animal sold for human consumption. The FDA has not yet determined whether the transgenic salmon would require a label.
 
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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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