Alaska wary of federal push for marine aquaculture. Everyone should be.

During a recent stop in Juneau, NOAA Fisheries chief Chris Oliver said that wild seafood harvests alone can’t keep up with rising global demand. But there’s another way. “Aquaculture is going to be where the major increases in seafood production occur whether it happens in foreign countries or in United States waters,” Oliver told a room of fishermen, seafood marketing executives and marine scientists.,,, There’s a bill pending in the U.S. Senate that could decide how federal aquaculture is regulated. It’s being backed by an industry group called Stronger America Through Seafood. >click to read<20:58

2 Responses to Alaska wary of federal push for marine aquaculture. Everyone should be.

  1. Sharon Jensen says:

    Are you trying to control catching sea food? How about controlling Sea Lions, whom are eating the hell out of our Salmon at an astonishing rate. You made a law to protect the Seals and now there are so many lazy Sea Lions the bask in our bays eating us out of Salmon and other fish depleting to the verge of extension. OPEN season on them and make cat food out of them. Do the sensible thing.

  2. Dick Grachek says:

    Aw, Chris…when you took this job some of us thought that you might have enough intellectual/political/scientific integrity to do something positive for this constantly scapegoated and very diminished domestic fishing industry.

    From the article below: “During a recent stop in Juneau, NOAA Fisheries chief Chris Oliver said that wild seafood harvests alone can’t keep up with rising global demand. But there’s another way.
    “Aquaculture is going to be where the major increases in seafood production occur whether it happens in foreign countries or in United States waters,” Oliver told a room of fishermen, seafood marketing executives and marine scientists. Those statements are right out of the corporate eminent domain, ocean-grab playbook!

    Hey Chris, why don’t you work at establishing some intelligent fisheries management through co-governanace, effective cooperative research, and reasonably accurate stock assessments? And, while you’re at it, as Director, why not work to change the posture of management as existing, principally, as a bulwark to stop the lawless domestic fishermen in their quest to “catch the last fish”? Get rid of the non-sensical, politically motivated, choking regulations this industry struggles under as it is pushed aside for the corporate takeover of the ocean (i.e., oil/gas, wind, aquaculture)! Now, that would be a National Marine Fisheries SERVICE!

    Then, non-pesticide, non-antibiotic, non-GMO’d natural fish, raised by nature, not by bio-techy profiteers, will “be where the major increases in seafood production occur.”

    Just watch the wild seafood harvests keep up with rising global demand—and sustainably, I might add.

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