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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

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.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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