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#12-22-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

FDA Says Not Significant Impact from "Frankenfish"
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Alaska's Congressional Delegation and the United Fishermen of Alaska are blasting the Food and Drug Administration for an environmental assessment that claims genetically engineered salmon pose "No Significant Impact" on the environment or public health. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (4:24).....

Dec 22,2012 -
Begich Alarmed by FDA Report on Frankenfish
Calls on Alaskans to Make Public Their Opposition to GE Salmon
Sen. Mark Begich, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans and Fisheries, blasted the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its draft report finding that genetically engineered salmon holds “no significant impact” on the environment or public health. “The notion that consuming Frankenfish is safe for the public and our oceans is a joke,” Begich said. “I will fight tooth and nail......

Feds can't convince Murkowski that so-called Frankenfish are just dandy
Craig Medred | Dec 21, 2012
Kenai River angler Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was railing against "Frankenfish'' again on Friday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave a green flag to long-running efforts to produce bigger, faster-growing, genetically modified salmon. Murkowski, backed by Alaska fishing organizations, has repeatedly tried to stop such approval by tying the agency up in red tape. She previously tried, but failed, to get the Senate to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) be intimately involved in the process. She said again and again she thought a more thorough scientific review of the biotechnology was in order. But she sort of let slip on Friday that the demand for better science was really more of......

Alaska Delegation Fillets GM Salmon Report
December 21, 2012|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s congressional delegation was united in its opposition Friday to a draft report from the federal Food and Drug Administration saying that the nation’s health and environment wouldn’t be significantly harmed by genetically modified salmon.....

Better alternatives to fisheries observer program
Posted: December 21, 2012 - 9:24am
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) recently approved a restructured observer program that extends observer coverage to Alaska’s small boat fleet. With the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) taking over observer deployment, the industry-funded restructured program increases the cost of an observer day from the current $400 to approximately $1,000. Fourteen fishing organizations representing....

AVEC Plans Intertie between Ekwok and New Stuyahok
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative will receive USDA grant funds to construct an electric intertie that would allow Ekwok to get power from the more cost efficient generators in New Stuyahok. AVEC would like to see construction on that power line begin next summer. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more: (2:29).....

OPINION: Watershed peer reviewers predict negative impacts to fisheries
December 21st 1:33 pm | Courtenay Gomez and Kim Williams
Over the last few weeks, the Bristol Bay Times has been reviewing the recently released Peer Review of the Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Assessment concerning the proposed Pebble Mine. Much attention has been made of this assessment and the peer review process, both here in Alaska and across the entire country. As a quick refresher, in order to ensure a thorough assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed, EPA scientists gathered information from numerous sources including the State of Alaska, Federal Government, Alaska tribes, scientific institutions, published journals, peer-reviewed research, scientific experts, and Alaska Native tribal elders. The draft......

Voters approve Petersburg Borough formation
December 20, 2012