The sockeye are missing from the Pacific Coast’s most abundant salmon breeding river.

Only one out of ten of the expected bright-red sockeye salmon showed up at Canada’s Fraser River to spawn this summer. Some marine biologists attribute the deaths to the growing number of commercial fish farms that governments on both sides … Continue reading

Crime lab tools can identify mislabeled and smuggled seafood faster and easier and diners might get the fish they pay for.

Food scientists are taking a page out of the crime fighting handbook to figure out whether consumers and restaurants are actually getting the seafood they are paying for. A study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology demonstrates … Continue reading

GAO urges caution on ocean fish farms

The big business “farmers” want permission to build sprawling complexes of floating pens, nets and cages in deep water miles offshore. This is the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone, which covers three to 200 nautical miles from shore. Thus, opening shop for anything in this hunk of ocean becomes a matter of federal jurisdiction, not state.

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New techniques to test fish for mercury

Fish lovers in the Pacific Northwest who have curtailed their consumption of seafood because of concerns over mercury contamination may now get help from science in loading their shopping cart. New technology is permitting some fish mongers to certify that their seafood have low levels of the toxic agent that is known to harm developing nervous system of the unborn and young children.

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