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#02-23-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Senator Lisa Murkowski : My Bering Sea fisherman is home! (Otherwise known as my son Nic.)
LA Times
With ice melting, U.S. pushes for limits on fishing in Arctic Ocean
By Maria L. LaGanga
February 22, 2014, 1:57 p.m.
SEATTLE — U.S. officials are heading to Greenland for a three-day meeting to persuade other Arctic nations to place a moratorium on high-seas fishing in the Arctic Ocean, where climate change is melting the permanent ice cap and allowing trawlers in for the first time in human history. The United States is proposing an agreement “that would close the international waters of the Arctic Ocean to commercial fishing until there is a good scientific foundation on which to base management of any potential fishing,” said.... http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-arctic-ocean-fishing-20140222,0,7982828.story

Feb 22, 7:02 PM EST
Sen. Murkowski questions China's shellfish ban
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski questioned this week whether the Chinese ban on shellfish from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest might be about more than safety. "Yes, it's a concern about safety," the senator said while visiting Ketchikan on Thursday. "But it does cause you to wonder if there are other issues that are at play here with China, and how appropriate levels of intervention might be."....... http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AK_CHINA_SHELLFISH_BAN_WAOL-?SITE=OKOKL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

No Cause Identified for 2011 Northern Pinnipeds Unusual Mortality Event
February 22, 2014
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - NOAA Fisheries announced recently that no specific cause has yet been found for the elevated numbers of sick or dead seals with skin lesions discovered in the Arctic and Bering Strait regions of Alaska in mid-July of 2011..... http://www.sitnews.us/0214News/022214/022214_sick_dead_seals.html

FDA Rules Threaten Organic Farmers
by WILLIAM BIGELOW  23 Feb 2014, 12:03 AM PDT
The Food and Drug Administration was given permission by Congress in 2010 to regulate practices on farms across the nation. Now small farms, many of whom use organic farming techniques, are finding that the methods they have been using for years, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling their farmland with grazing animals, and irrigating with water from open creeks, are coming under assault. The 2010 act, titled the Food Safety Modernization Act, was a response to data that showed 3,000 people die every year in the U.S. from tainted food, while tens of... http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/22/FDA-Rules-Threaten-Organic-Farmers

















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