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#07-15-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Food of the future: can ‘Frankenfish’ survive politics?
Fda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Kevin Gray | July 15, 2013, 3:00 AM PDT
Sometime this summer or soon after, the federal Food and Drug Administration may finally approve the first-ever genetically modified animal for human consumption — a fast-growing Atlantic salmon that has taken 17 years to reach the threshold of American consensus. The man to thank — or blame, depending on how you feel about these things — is a former Soviet biologist who is bankrolling the endeavor with an eye on becoming a U.S. salmon farmer. “I have no doubt the FDA will approve a genetically modified animal at some point,” says Kakha Bendukidze, the largest shareholder in AquaBounty Technologies, a Boston-area biotech company that wants to bring its genetically altered AquAdvantage Salmon to American dinner tables and supermarkets. “Whether it’s this fish or some other animal, it has to do this, or it risks America losing its biotechnology edge to countries like China.” More than 33,000 fishermen, environmentalists and food safety advocates have written to the FDA to oppose the approval. Among their worries: that this genetically engineered fish might cause....

Bering Strait ship traffic grows, with Russia leading way and Alaska lagging
Alex DeMarban
July 14, 2013
The number of recorded vessels making the voyage through the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia has nearly doubled over a four-year period, with 130 in 2009 and 250 in 2012.
It's a tale of two Arctic nations, written across the top of the globe, with one moving rapidly to develop its resources for a booming Asian market and the other limping along with few facilities to support shipping. The disparities collide at the 50-mile wide Bering Strait dividing Russia and America, a passageway where the U.S. Coast Guard monitors the ping of oceangoing vessels....

4:58 PM SUN JULY 14, 2013
A building being built as part of the new
Silver Bay Seafood's processing plant in Naknek.
Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, July 14
The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, July 14 includes the latest information on the prices being offered by the major processors and an update on the response to the sunken tender Lone Star. We also tour the Icicle Wood River plant and hear about a new vessel that will be entering the Bering Sea long-line fleet. All of that and more in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, July 14......
Kodiak harbor dredging to begin
Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013 2:15 pm
Associated Press
KODIAK, Alaska - Access to Kodiak's harbors will be limited when dredging work begins Monday in a project to deepen the mouth of the St. Paul Harbor. Kodiak harbormaster Marty Owen says....

Originally published July 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM | Page modified July 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM
Overworked pump fails at Elwha hatchery, killing 200,000 fish
By Sandi Doughton
Seattle Times science reporter
Many young salmon and steelhead — about half of the fish that were to be released next spring — were killed when a pump failed at the Lower Elwha Klallam fish hatchery.
About 200,000 young salmon and steelhead were killed recently when a pump failed at the Lower Elwha Klallam fish hatchery, a controversial component of the $325 million federal project to remove two dams on the Elwha River. Hatchery workers are still assessing the loss, but it appears to represent about half of the fish that were to be released next spring, said Doug Morrill, natural-resources manager for the Lower Elwha......

New US rule for 'Dolphin Safe' labelling to be refuted at WTO
Friday, July 12, 2013, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
The Mexican government argues the new US regulation on "Dolphin Safe" labelling requirements is discriminatory against Mexican tuna for exports. Therefore, it plans to refute the new rule at the World Trade Organization (WTO), arguing that the US does not meet its obligations to an international body. If the breach is confirmed, the Mexican government may impose trade retaliation on....

Scientists solve a 14,000-year-old ocean mystery
19 hours ago
At the end of the last Ice Age, as the world began to warm, a swath of the North Pacific Ocean came to life. During a brief pulse of biological productivity 14,000 years ago, this stretch of the sea teemed with phytoplankton, amoeba-like foraminifera and other tiny creatures, who thrived in large numbers until the productivity ended—as mysteriously as it began—just a few hundred years later. Researchers have hypothesized that iron sparked this surge of ocean life, but a new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists and colleagues at the University of Bristol (UK), the University of Bergen (Norway), Williams College and the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University suggests iron may not have played an important role after all, at least....