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

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.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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