National Fisherman

Consumer Reports is a U.S. magazine best known for product reviews and brand comparisons, but most people don't regard the magazine as an authority when it comes to food safety and health.

Sadly, the latest article from the magazine purporting to offer sound advice to pregnant women regarding mercury in seafood does little to improve its reputation. The article repeats rhetoric from a website with suspect motives, ignores scientific data on mercury in seafood and cherry-picks U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data.

The U.S.-based National Fisheries Institute (NFI) was quick to retort, saying the article "flies in the face of more than a decade of independent, peer-reviewed, published science that resulted in the FDA updating its advice to pregnant women to eat more fish, including canned tuna, to realize the health benefits for baby and mother."

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/13/15

In this episode:

Council hosts public hearing on Cashes Ledge
Report assesses Chesapeake water, fisheries
Warmer waters shake up Jersey fishing
North Pacific observer program altered for 2015
Woman aims to crowdsource lobstering career

National Fisherman Live: 12/30/14

In this episode, Michael Crowley, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear editor, interviews Chelsea Woodward, an engineer working with the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office to design static guards for main drum winches used in the side trawl fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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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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