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  • Lawsuit against Genetically Engineered Salmon

    04/01/2016 6:41:39 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 4/1/2016 | C Cocoles
    The Golden Gate Salmon Association is among several litigants in a lawsuit challenging the Food and Drug Administration’s plans to develop genetically engineered salmon. Here's some info on the lawsuit: A broad coalition of environmental, consumer, and commercial and recreational fishing organizations today sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approving the first-ever genetically engineered (GE) food animal, an Atlantic salmon engineered to grow quickly. The man-made salmon was created by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. with DNA from three fish: Atlantic salmon, Pacific king salmon, and Arctic ocean eelpout. This marks the first time any government in the world...
  • Bear Grylls reveals how Obama ate raw salmon and discussed drinking urine while...

    12/15/2015 2:35:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/14/15 | Snejana Farberov
    'He said it was one of the best days of his presidency': Bear Grylls reveals how Obama ate raw salmon and discussed drinking urine while 50 Secret Service agents watched, ahead of Alaska premiere They shared tea brewed from berries, ate bear-gnawed bloody salmon, talked about drinking urine and discussed climate change - all while snipers kept watch from the mountains and the official food taster looked on nervously. **SNIP** Obama, 54, threw himself into the once-in-a-lifetime experience with considerable gusto, shrugging off the food taster, sharing Gryll's water bottle, lighting fires and eating catkin berries. The TV host revealed...
  • It's Legal to Eat Genetically Modified Salmon in the U.S.

    11/20/2015 8:56:40 AM PST · by w1n1 · 69 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/20/2015 | A Press
    The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States. The Obama administration had stalled in approving the fast-growing salmon for more than five years amid consumer concerns about eating genetically modified foods. But the agency said Thursday the fish is safe to eat. In announcing the approval, the FDA said that there are "no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon." AquAdvantage Salmon was created by the Massachusetts-based company AquaBounty. Ron Stotish, the company's...
  • The House Still Stands: Hardy’s of Alnwick

    11/09/2015 8:55:37 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    A Continuous Lean ^ | 11/9/15 | Al James
    The House Still Stands: Hardy’s of Alnwick Nov 9th, 2015 | Categories: Al James, England, Fishing | by Al James Hardy “The Perfect” It’s steelhead and salmon season out West from Northern California up to B.C. and Alaska. The trout gear has been stashed in the closet until next May and we’re breaking out the heavy duty rods and reels in search of finicky anadromous fish. While modern, freight train-stopping disc drags are popular, (Hatch, Nautilus, Tibor, Abel, Ross) many two-hand enthusiasts prefer to outfit their spey rods with a simple click and pawl Hardy reel. This mechanism doesn’t offer...
  • Obama's Fish Tale: Spawned On By A Salmon

    09/03/2015 9:08:01 PM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | 9.3.2015 | Brakkton Booker
    It was supposed to be a routine photo op. During a historic trip to Alaska intended to call attention to climate change, President Obama got a bit of a surprise while at a fishing village at Kanakanak Beach. He was holding up a caught fish for the cameras when the salmon spawned on his shoes. It all started off so innocently. A local fisherwoman retrieved the salmon from a net in shallow water and handed it over to the leader of the free world. As soon as the president had the fish firmly in his grasp, nature took its course....
  • Salmon spawns on Obama in Alaska

    09/03/2015 7:39:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | September 3, 2015 | Deena Zaru
    During his historic trip to Alaska, President Barack Obama spent some time fishing at Kanakanak Beach in Dillingham and in a comical moment, a salmon spawned on his shoes. Wearing a pair of orange gloves, Obama examined some of the fish that he caught. The second one he picked up began squirting at his shoes. "Uh-oh, what's happening there?" he asked.
  • Scarce Salmon Caught in Bodega Bay Swells

    08/23/2015 5:52:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Napa Valley Register ^ | August 20, 2015 | Bill Ryan
    Local Angler scores … a 27.5 pound Chinook salmon and a 7-pound striper on the Miss Anita off of Bodega Bay. George Lewis, a reader from Napa, sent me this nice photo of two of his fish. George said that skipper Aaron Orsini did an outstanding job of guiding the boat in heavy swells. This gave George the best chance to bring the fish to the net. He was the second local angler in just a week to tell me that the Miss Anita is a well-run boat. It is a 6-pack – fishing just six anglers – so it’s...
  • GOP launches probe of 'improper influence' on EPA climate rule

    09/02/2014 2:27:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 2, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republicans are investigating what they call "improper influence" from a national green group on the Obama administration's signature Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change regulation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, are demanding the EPA and the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) hand over documents on the organization's involvement in drafting the proposed carbon pollution rules. The investigation is based on a New York Times ' report that said the NRDC provided the blueprint used for the rules, and "heavily influenced the president's proposal." While...
  • Washington must fix culverts (at a cost of $2.4 billion) to allow tribal fishing, feds say

    07/06/2015 9:27:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 5, 2015
    Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with tribes' treaty-backed right to catch fish. But it's unclear how the state is going to come up with the estimated $2.4 billion needed ...
  • Pink salmon risk double dose of acidification, in rivers and sea

    06/29/2015 2:44:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6/29/15 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - Pink salmon in the Pacific Ocean face a double threat of acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions since it slows their early growth in rivers and disrupts the chemistry of seawater, a study showed on Monday. Impacts have in the past been more studied in the seas than in fresh water. But the Canadian study found that acidification of rivers could make young pink salmon, the most abundant type in the Pacific, smaller and more vulnerable to predators by dampening their ability to smell danger. Damage done by acidification "in fresh water in pink salmon could occur...
  • Arizona’s Salmon Bides His Time on McCain Challenge

    06/04/2015 5:24:29 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 6/4/15 | Simone Pathe
    The pressure for Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon to challenge Sen. John McCain doesn’t end with conservative outside groups hoping to unseat the five-term Senator. “Numerous members in the House — and some members of the Senate — which has shocked me greatly,” have encouraged him to run in a GOP primary, Salmon told CQ Roll Call Wednesday. “It seems like the drumbeat is getting louder and louder and louder. From colleagues here, from colleagues over on the Senate side,” Salmon said. But Salmon, 57, isn’t ready to take the jump — at least not yet. And he thinks much of...
  • Dozens Attending NAACP Gala At Redwood City Hotel Sickened After Meal Of Salmon, Salad

    10/29/2014 9:09:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    More than 50 attendees attending an NAACP gala in Redwood City Saturday evening were sickened by a case of possible food poisoning. At least twelve people were taken to local hospitals and treated for dehydration, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Several others transported themselves to hospitals. Cynthia Adams, 2nd vice president of the Oakland NAACP, told KPIX 5 there may be as 100 people who became ill. The official said that she had to transport half a dozen kids to the hospital, and at least one of them is still hospitalized late Tuesday night.
  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat (N. California/S. Oregon)

    10/01/2014 3:14:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/1/14 | Jeff Barnard - ap
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the NOAA Fisheries Service in its final recovery plan for coho salmon in the region. The full plan was to be posted on the agency's website. A copy obtained in advance calls for determining then decreasing the amount of water that pot growers illegally withdraw from creeks where young fish struggle to survive. Pot...
  • Ted Poe Adopts Matt Salmon as a Lone Star Stater

    07/29/2014 3:45:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    Roll Call ^ | Warren Rojas
    Rep. Ted Poe has conferred upon Rep. Matt Salmon one of the highest honors his office can help provide: He’s made his fellow Republican lawmaker an honorary Texan. The Texas Republican said Salmon, who serves alongside him on the Foreign Affairs Committee — “We’re personal friends,” Poe said — shares several defining characteristics with native-born Texans: He values independence. He’s fairly outspoken. And he displays that certain ruggedness required of those who reside in border states.
  • Salmon: On Border Crisis, Let's Not Take A Knee

    07/26/2014 4:13:21 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Rep. Matt Salmon
    As a Member of Congress from a state on our southern border, I see firsthand the realities of illegal immigration. In fact, much of the recent public outcry originated from busloads of illegal immigrants dumped in Arizona a few short months ago. The strain placed on state and local governments overwhelms security, education, and medical services, making them harder to come by for citizens and immigrants alike. We’ve all read the stories of blown budgets and rising crime, but Members of Congress who come from border states don’t need to read those stories. (SNIP) Doing nothing is not an option....
  • Boehner Appoints Anti-Amnesty Hawk Matt Salmon to Immigration ‘Working Group’

    06/25/2014 7:03:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 25, 2014 | Caroline May
    “Let’s face it: I’ve been a thorn in leadership’s side,” says Arizona Republican Rep. Matt Salmon, sitting at his desk in the Rayburn House Office Building. Earlier that day, Salmon had just been named by Speaker John Boehner to a special “working group” on the crisis at the southern U.S. border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are streaming into the country with hopes that President Obama will grant them amnesty. Salmon is the most conservative member of the new group, and his selection by Boehner is surprising, to say the least, given that the Arizonan has been a...
  • Matt Salmon: When “Fish becomes Fowl….”

    05/22/2014 3:33:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon disappoints in new role as McMachine’s mouthpiece Elected to the U.S. House in 1994, as part of the first GOP majority in forty years, Rep. Matt Salmon seemed to understand the danger of open borders and amnesty. To his credit, at the time, he voted against the sundry legislative initiatives that sought to blur the borders between the United States and Mexico. He voluntarily term-limited himself, and left Congress after six years of service — a practice his successor, the perpetually smirking and self photographing Jeff Flake pledged to observe —- only to arrogantly joke at...
  • Heritage Action to Key Vote Against 'Enlist' Act

    05/07/2014 3:40:24 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Today, Heritage Action announced it would key vote against Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) ENLIST Act (H.R. 2377) if it or any similar legislation is brought to the House floor. In a post yesterday, Heritage Action’s south central regional coordinator Wade Miller, himself a combat veteran, explained using military service as a mechanism for backdoor amnesty is wrong: Allowing DREAMers—unlawful immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors—to acquire lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in exchange for military service turns military service into a penance.
  • Climate trends don't back up alarmist claims: Guest opinion

    03/27/2014 8:40:20 AM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | March 15, 2014 | Gordon J. Fulks
    Keeping score is an American sport. We want to know if our favorite baseball player has hit another home run or if our politicians really do as they promised or if the National Weather Service got the forecast correct. We cheer the winners and lament the losers. Its part of our competitive spirit and our success. The recent front page Oregonian article “Fall Chinook salmon run expected to be huge...” pointed out the enormous rebound of our local fisheries from the lows of a few years back to the record highs recently.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 5 January 2014

    01/05/2014 5:10:00 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 151 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 5 January 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 5th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Mitt Romney; Mark Rienzi, a lawyer for an organization of Catholic nuns challenging a requirement that some religion-affiliated groups provide health insurance that includes birth control; Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Gene Sperling, director of the White House's National Economic Council; Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Delos Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 22 September 2013

    09/22/2013 4:51:18 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 252 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 22 September 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows September 15==22nd, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Tom Graves, R-Ga.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
  • Representative Matt Salmon: Syria Authorization ‘Will Fail by 20 Votes’

    09/04/2013 11:27:56 AM PDT · by don-o · 39 replies
    NRO - The Corner ^ | September 4, 2013 | Jonathan Strong
    Arizona congressman Matt Salmon’s constituents have called his office 500 times about Syria, he tells National Review Online in an interview, but only two callers have expressed support for intervening there. “This is not hyperbole!” he says emphatically. And Salmon himself is firmly against authorizing a strike. “I don’t see any national-security imperative for our country at all. Both sides in this equation are bad actors.” He also notes that Obama has been unable to form an international coalition and hasn’t laid out an overall objective for a missile strike. “Other than saving face for the president, I don’t understand...
  • Is Fukushima Radiation Contaminating Tuna, Salmon and Herring On the West Coast of North America?

    08/26/2013 7:34:30 PM PDT · by Errant · 103 replies
    Zero Hege ^ | 26 August, 2013 | George Washington
    We've extensively documented that radioactivity from Fukushima is spreading to North America. More than a year ago, 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna tested in California waters were contaminated with radioactive cesium from Fukushima. Bluefin tuna are a wide-ranging fish, which can swim back and forth between Japan and North America in a year:
  • Wild Salmon Is Worth the Price

    07/13/2013 10:26:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 5, 2013 | David Tanis
    I have come to view a meal of wild salmon as a splurge, a treat to be savored, and I’m willing to pay the price. Wild salmon is a seasonal thing, available from May to October. It’s not cheap, but the flavor is incredible — sweet, silky, meaty — and the vermilion color is magnificent. With the abundance of relatively low-priced farmed salmon, however, many of us succumb. But the flavor of farmed salmon doesn’t even compare. It’s like the difference between a free-range chicken and one that’s been factory raised. Wild salmon swims long distances, its color a result...
  • Salmon Said to Navigate by Magnetism

    02/08/2013 10:23:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 7, 2013
    Researchers at Oregon State University report their studies suggest salmon use magnetism to find their way to their home rivers during spawning migrations. Sockeye salmon typically swim as much as 4,000 miles into the ocean and then, years later, can navigate back to the upstream reaches of the river in which they were born to spawn their young, they said. Writing in the journal Current Biology, the researchers suggest salmon find those home rivers by sensing the river's unique magnetic signature. They studied the routes salmon had taken from their ocean destinations, mostly near Alaska or the Aleutian Islands in...
  • Re-hashing a 25 year old theory on how Salmon might find their way back to their Scottish birthplace

    01/19/2013 7:56:55 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    The Scotsman, Tall and Handsome Built ^ | December 2, 2008 | Ben Bailey
    Every year, 20 million of them leave Scottish rivers and travel thousands of miles to Norway and Greenland to feed. Remarkably, they then return to Scotland, often to within 100 metres of where they were hatched, in a process that can take more than two years. How salmon complete such voyages across sea and ocean without getting lost has baffled scientists for generations. But a new theory proposes that the fish use the earth's magnetic field to locate their origins in Scottish rivers. Scientists believe that, in a process called "natal honing", salmon imprint the magnetic signature of their home...
  • Future of genetically-modified salmon in doubt

    12/04/2012 7:52:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies ^ | December 4, 2012 | AP
    Salmon that has been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on American dinner plates. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat. --snip-- Using gene-manipulating technology, Aquabounty adds a growth hormone to the Atlantic salmon from another type of salmon called the Chinook. The process, company executives say, causes its salmon to reach maturity in about two years, compared with three to four years for a conventional salmon. Aquabounty executives say if their fish are approved for commercial sale, there are several safeguards designed to prevent the fish from...
  • Hometown fisherman lands $50,000 salmon

    08/20/2012 8:04:28 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 19
    SEWARD, Alaska, -- A hometown angler caught a $50,000-tagged salmon in the Seward, Alaska, Silver Salmon Derby. Michael Rogers, 64, landed one of a handful of tagged fish Saturday, the Anchorage Daily News reported. "I've been fishing this derby since it started pretty much, since I was a little kid. I've won quite a few prizes, but this is the first major one," Rogers told the Daily News in a telephone interview. Rogers said things weren't going his way at first, but then he changed things up and started catching salmon. When he returned to derby headquarters, Rogers said he...
  • Maine dam removal aims to rescue fish species

    06/12/2012 8:29:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 11, 2012 | David Abel
    When the steel claw of an excavator slashes into the berm of the Great Works Dam on Monday morning, it will mark the start of a multimillion-dollar project to allow endangered and dwindling species to return to their historic spawning grounds along Maine’s longest river, the Penobscot. When the project is done - scheduled for 2015, after an additional dam is razed and another bypassed - it will open access to 1,000 miles of habitat for the native fish, including endangered Atlantic salmon and short-nosed sturgeon that journey from the Gulf of Maine to breed in the cold, fresh waters...
  • Salmon win in 9th circuit court

    03/05/2012 5:58:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    SFGate ^ | 3/5/12 | Lois Kazakoff
    California salmon and salmon fishermen won in federal court Friday when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the federal water project is obliged to provide enough water to double the salmon population. You can read the decision here. Under the ruling, only surplus water from the bay-delta water system can be delivered to water users in the San Joaquin Valley, not water from the 800,000 acre-foot allotment promised to fish under a 1992 federal law.
  • Expert to Obama: You Don’t Understand Salmon

    01/13/2012 9:45:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2012 | Juliet Eilperin
    Expert to Obama: You Don’t Understand Salmon By Juliet Eilperin, Friday, January 13 Note to President Obama and his staff: Learn a bit of fish biology before mocking the federal government for how it handles salmon. As the White House unveiled its new government reorganization plan with much fanfare Friday, Obama couldn’t help mentioning that in moving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from Commerce to the Interior Department, he was putting all salmon issues under one roof. Obama referred to what he said was his “favorite example” of government duplication, mentioned in his most recent State of the Union...
  • Sea lion task force to weigh in on whether to kill and remove sea lions feasting on fish...

    10/16/2011 5:25:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | October 16, 2011 | Quinton Smith
    Complete title: Sea lion task force to weigh in on whether to kill and remove sea lions feasting on fish at Bonneville Dam The sea lion task force returns to the drawing board next week. Their task: to recommend to kill and remove sea lions feasting on endangered salmon below Bonneville Dam this spring -- or not. The controversial lethal-take policy has been on-again, off-again since first approved in 2008. The 16-member federal task force wants to hammer out issues early and avoid the problems of last November when a federal appeals court effectively blocked the permit. The task force...
  • House Floor Remarks in Opposition to Klamath Dam Removal

    09/22/2011 2:43:32 PM PDT · by Congressman Tom McClintock · 29 replies
    Congressman Tom McClintock ^ | Sept, 22, 2011 | Tom McClintock
    Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-04), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water and Power, today made the following remarks on the House floor in opposition to administration plans for removal of Klamath dams. Mr. Speaker: This generation is facing spiraling electricity prices and increasingly scarce supplies. Californians have had to cut back to the point that their per capita electricity consumption is now lower than that of Guam, Luxembourg and Aruba. What is the administration’s solution? Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced yesterday that the administration is moving forward with a plan to destroy four perfectly good hydroelectric dams on the Klamath...
  • Judge: Salmon protections too costly to water users

    09/20/2011 8:23:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/20/11 | Mike Taugher
    For the second time in a year, a federal judge has tossed out a key permit governing Delta water deliveries. The permit was meant to prevent salmon runs and other fish from going extinct. . . . "Some of (the National Marine Fisheries Service's) analyses rely upon equivocal or bad science to impose (restrictions) without clearly explaining or otherwise demonstrating why the specific measures imposed are essential" to protect salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon,
  • Angler lands his 'fish of dreams,' has heart attack, dies

    09/01/2011 3:02:10 PM PDT · by girlangler · 39 replies ^ | September 1, 2011 | Justin Burnett
    Friends say Dan Dodds of Coupeville, WA, fought the big king salmon nearly 20 minutes, running up and down the beach at Keystone Spit and wading waist-deep into the water before finally landing the 28-pounder he called "the fish of my dreams." Minutes later, Dodds, 62, suffered an apparent heart attack and fell face down in the water. Efforts by fellow anglers to perform CPR failed, and he was pronounced dead at Whidbey General Hospital. "If I have to go, I’d like to go in that manner," said angler and friend Joe Biller. Whidbey News Times.
  • Fish May Cost Bethel Man $1,500

    08/18/2011 12:31:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Rutland Herald ^ | August 16, 2011
    An angler who caught a huge fish in the White River and kept it but didn’t accurately identify his catch may be paying as much as $1,500 for his mistake as well as losing his licenses for three years, according to a press release from the state. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, Ryan McCullough of Bethel was fishing downstream of the federal fish hatchery in Stockbridge on July 25 when he hooked and landed a 9.5-pound anadromous Atlantic salmon that measured 31˝ inches long. He misidentified it as a brown trout and kept it. A photo of the...
  • Stop wearing bunny suit, police tell Idaho man

    08/02/2011 3:12:22 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 60 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | August 2, 2011 | Laura Zuckerman
    SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Police in Idaho Falls have told a man to stop wearing a bunny suit in public after people complained he has been frightening children. Residents in the northwestern U.S. city of 54,000 people also reported William Falkingham, 34, occasionally wears a tutu with the bunny suit, police said in a statement on Tuesday. Police warned Falkingham after a woman said she saw him dressed in the costume, peeking at her young son from behind a tree and pointing his finger like a gun.
  • NOAA approves removal of sea lions at Bonneville Dam

    05/15/2011 3:12:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 34 replies ^ | 15 May 2011 | AP story
    PORTLAND — Oregon and Washington have been given permission to resume removing or killing California sea lions at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, a federal agency said Friday. The decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came about six months after a federal appeals court struck down a similar permit aimed at reducing the number of threatened or endangered salmon eaten by the hungry marine mammals. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the practice last year. NOAA Fisheries officials said they believe the agency has fixed flaws the court pointed out in the original permit issued...
  • B.C.'s sockeye salmon may not survive climate warming: Study

    03/31/2011 10:48:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies ^ | 31 Mar 2011 | Margaret Munro
    VANCOUVER — Canadian "superfish" are making an international splash this week. A prime specimen has landed on the cover of one of the world's most influential scientific journals, along with a study showing some of British Columbia's fabled sockeye salmon may not survive climate warming. Peak summer water temperatures in the Fraser River are already "near lethal" for some sockeye populations, says biologist Erika Eliason, lead author of the study that is sure to raise eyebrows at the ongoing federal judicial inquiry into the troubled Fraser River fishery. The salmon are so finely tuned to their environment they appear to...
  • CA: $700 million for power research bought… bird and salmon studies?

    02/05/2011 9:16:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    OC Register ^ | 2/5/11 | Teri Sforza
    The quest was a noble one: To develop, and help bring to market, new energy technologies that are better for the environment, provide greater system reliability and lower system costs, while furnishing “tangible benefits to electric utility customers.” Well, electric utility customers, you’ve shelled out $700 million for this noble effort since 1996, and what have you gotten? Precious little that could be even loosely interpreted as “tangible benefits,” concludes a report by the Legislative Analyst’s Office. TENUOUS CONNECTIONS Meet the state’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, built into your electric bill as a “public goods” charge. It has...
  • All America Heard Last Night: ‘Salmon’

    01/26/2011 6:32:33 PM PST · by speciallybland · 35 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 01/26/2011 | Dan Amira
    This is a "word cloud" of President Obama's State of the Union address. The size of the words correspond to the frequency with which they were uttered by Obama. By looking at the cloud (which doesn't include common words like the, because that would be stupid), you can see some of the themes Obama focused on: "jobs," "people," "new." Last night, after it was over, NPR asked its listeners to describe Obama's address in three words. They then tallied up all 4,000 or so responses and made that into a word cloud — a snapshot of what people took...
  • We can build whatever animal you want to eat, say scientists

    09/21/2010 11:37:47 AM PDT · by Scythian · 84 replies
    TINKER with the genetics of salmon and maybe you create a revolutionary new food source that could help the environment and feed the hungry. Or maybe you're creating what some say is an untested "frankenfish" that could cause unknown allergic reactions and the eventual decimation of the wild salmon population. The US Food and Drug Administration hears both arguments this week when it begins a two-day meeting on whether to approve the marketing of the genetically engineered fish, which would be the first such animal approved for human consumption. The agency has already said the salmon, which grows twice...
  • FDA rules won't require labeling of genetically modified salmon

    09/19/2010 3:00:24 PM PDT · by Palter · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 18 Sep 2010 | Lyndsey Layton
    As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to approve genetically modified salmon, one thing seems certain: Shoppers staring at fillets in the seafood department will find it tough to pick out the conventional fish from the one created with genes from another species. Despite a growing public demand for more information about how food is produced, that won't happen with the salmon because of idiosyncracies embedded in federal regulations. The FDA says it cannot require a label on the genetically modified food once it determines that the altered fish is not "materially" different from other salmon - something agency...
  • Move over fruit, meat-flavored vokdas moving in (last year it was bacon, now salmon ..)

    06/29/2010 8:50:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/29/10 | Mark Thiessen - ap
    WASILLA, Alaska – Prepare your palate for carnivorous cocktails. The Alaska Distillery in Wasilla just recently launched its Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka, about a year after the Seattle-based Black Rock Spirits introduced a bacon-flavored vodka. Both savory spirits were intended to complement Bloody Marys, but are finding wider uses among mixologists. "I think there was some madness and some drunkenness involved, honestly," said Toby Foster, an Alaska Distillery partner and the one charged with coming up with new flavors with Alaska themes.
  • Genetically Altered Salmon Set to Move Closer to Dinner Table

    06/25/2010 7:57:56 PM PDT · by Palter · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 June 2010 | Andrew Pollack
    The Food and Drug Administration is seriously considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered animal that people would eat — salmon that can grow at twice the normal rate. The developer of the salmon has been trying to get approval for a decade. But the company now seems to have submitted most or all of the data the F.D.A. needs to analyze whether the salmon are safe to eat, nutritionally equivalent to other salmon and safe for the environment, according to government and biotechnology industry officials. A public meeting to discuss the salmon may be held as early as...
  • 16.5M baby salmon released into Calif. waterways

    06/21/2010 1:23:07 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 16 replies
    ap ^ | Jun 21
    SAN PABLO BAY, Calif. (AP) -- Millions of baby salmon have been released into Northern California waterways to help the struggling fish recover from population declines. The state Department of Fish and Game says most of the 16.5 million young salmon smolts were released into San Pablo Bay, located between the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
  • CA: Sonoma Grape Grower Fined For Killing Salmon (diverted water, 36 endangered coho died)

    05/11/2010 5:39:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 484+ views
    AP on CBS 5 ^ | 5/11/10 | AP
    <p>HEALDSBURG (CBS 5 / AP) - Federal fisheries officials are fining a Northern California grape grower for killing endangered coho salmon by using water that should have gone into Russian River.</p> <p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of General Counsel for Enforcement says Green Pastures Valley was fined $115,000 on Tuesday for using diverted creek water that normally flows into the Russian River to spray grapes and pears during a spring frost.</p>
  • New U.S. panel aims to unify smelt, salmon protection

    05/04/2010 4:04:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 196+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/4/10 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Monday set up a new task force to wrangle California water decisions, with long-term hopes of consolidating protections for smelt and salmon. The new task force eventually envisions one unified environmental management plan assisting the fish species dependent upon the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Guided by an Interior Department veteran with considerable California experience, the task force has shorter-term goals, as well. "(This will) ensure that we are coordinating to use state-of-the-art science and to find the best alternatives to protect both endangered fish and water supplies," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement....
  • Use of Deadly Force Authorized Against Renegade Sea Lions

    03/10/2010 6:42:00 AM PST · by mattstat · 16 replies · 494+ views
    The deadliest force known to man—The Law of Unintended Consequences—has struck again. This time it has led to the deliberate slaughter of sea lions by armed agents of the U.S. Government. What happened was this: A dam was built in Bonneville, east of Portland, Oregon. As dams will, it created a barrier for both water and anything else that would otherwise traverse the river. This “anything else” included fish, like salmon. And not just any salmon, chinook salmon. See, chinook salmon are one of the lucky few species protected by a law meant to preserve their breed: The Endangered Species...
  • Feinstein water transfer bill would hurt salmon, destroy wetlands, critics say

    02/21/2010 8:10:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 672+ views
    SacBee ^ | 02/21/10 | Matt Weiser
    Feinstein water transfer bill would hurt salmon, destroy wetlands, critics say Published Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 Sen. Dianne Feinstein has proposed legislation to make it easier to transfer water to San Joaquin Valley farmers from other areas of the state, part of her ongoing effort to help farmers contending with water shortages. Feinstein made headlines last week with a controversial proposal to amend a federal jobs bill to guarantee San Joaquin Valley farmers 40 percent of their contract water deliveries from the federal government. Her "Water Transfer Facilitation Act" has received far less attention. It was approved by a...