News and Notes

USDA to reconsider grass-fed definition

13 June, 2006
The Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service is reopening comments on a new rule defining "grass-fed" for the purposes of marketing red meat after many commenters objected that the definition was not stringent enough.

The proposed definiton reads as follows:

"Grass (Forage) Fed--Grass (annual and perennial), forbs (legumes, brassicas), browse, forage, or stockpiled forages, and post-harvest crop residue without seperated grain shall be at least 99 percent of the energy source for the lifetime of the ruminant specie, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. Routine mineral and vitamin supplementation may also be included in the feeding regimen. Grass (forage) fed claims will be verified, as provided in 7 CFR part 62, by a feeding protocol that confirms a grass or forage-based diet that is 99 percent or higher."

The original definition had required a percentage of 80 percent or higher. However, several who commented on the subject objected to the use of harvested stockpiled forages. AMS replied that in colder climates, it would be impossible to raise cattle on live forage.

US: West Coast salmon fishers struggle as legislators aim to help

6 June, 2006
The entire coastal region north of Monterey, California closed to commercial fishers on Thursday for two months as federal officials sought to stem the tide of declining salmon stocks (

Kodiak Area commercial salmon fishing period will begin at NOON Thursday, June 1

13 May, 2006
The initial Westside fishery will be 57 hours, from NOON Thursday June 1 to 9:00 PM Saturday June 3, 2006 in the Central, North Cape, and Outer Karluk Sections of the Northwest Kodiak District. These are primary harvest areas for Karluk-bound early-run sockeye salmon. The forecast for early-run Karluk sockeye (mid point 314,000) is lower than the 2005 season (mid point projection 404,000). A 57-hour commercial fishery will provide a gauge of run strength without unduly jeopardizing escapement objectives, should this run prove weaker than forecast. Further extensions will depend on sockeye salmon buildup estimates and escapements into the Karluk River, as well as commercial fishing effort and catch levels. Commercial fisheries will not be allowed in the Inner Karulk Section unless the Karluk early-run sockeye escapement goal (100,000 to 210,000 through July 15) is exceeded.

The Foul Bay and Waterfall Bay Special Harvest Areas (SHAs), in the Afognak District, will open at NOON Thursday June 1, and will remain open until further notice. These areas will open to harvest supplemental production of sockeye salmon from ADF&G and Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association (KRAA) enhancement projects (mid point projections - 3,700 and 6,800 sockeye respectively).

Additional areas will open to commercial salmon fishing at NOON Monday, June 5.

SOURCE: State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries.

Norway: Krill may be used as salmon feed

5 May, 2006
Krill from the Norwegian Sea can become salmon food. A shortage of raw materials for fish feed is leading to increased research on new resources in the sea (

US: Senate panel debate flaws & merits of aquaculture bill

12 April, 2006
Sentate Commerce Committee members on Thursday expressed concern over key points of the Bush Administration's plan to expand aquaculture in federal waters five-fold over the next decade (

US: PFMC requests closure of Hawaiian swordfish fishery for turtle

21 March, 2006
In a bid to preserve critically endangered loggerhead sea turtles, the Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) has requested that the United States Secretary of Commerce again close the Hawaiian Swordfish fishery. link text

Finland: Fish Consumption Helps Prevent Dementia

2 February, 2006
A series of surveys carried out by a team of Finnish scientists reveal that consumption of unsaturated fats, such as those present in Wild Salmon and other cold water ocean fish, reduce the risk of dementia. (

US: Hurricanes and Drought still Inflating Louisana Crawfish Prices

31 January, 2006
The American Gulf Crawfish industry is still feeling the effects of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and a longstanding drought as it struggles to meet high demand with a low supply of average quality shellfish. (

New Crab Fisheries Plan to Debut in Alaska

17 October, 2005
In a bid to foment resource sustainability, Alaska premiered Saturday a new Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) system for red king crab, bairidi (Tanner) crab and opilio (Bering Sea Snow Crab).

USDA to purchase up to USD 10 million worth of pink salmon for domestic food assistance programs

17 September, 2005
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will spend up to USD 10 million to purchase pink salmon from this year's harvest for distribution.

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