Fish Farms may threaten Alaskan wild salmon

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by John Que, Apr 3, 2005.

  1. John Que

    John Que Guest

    While the State of Alaska has banned fish
    farming in state waters which extend 3 miles
    out, fish farms may have an opening in the
    the area 3 to 200 miles offshore.

    The Alaska commercial fisherman
    and the Governor Frank Murkowski oppose
    this possiblity. The Governor is requesting
    a federal ban of 5 years to permit studies
    of the impact of such operations.

    A senior seafood industry advisor, Linda Chaves
    of the National Marine Fisheries Service
    says it is premature to think that the Alaskan
    state government can block such operations.

    The federal Commerce Department intends to
    present a "regulatory framework" for the
    development of aquaculture in federal
    waters in coming weeks.