Alaskans Gone Wild – Say No to Frankenfish!
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The Frankenfish is coming! Unless we all speak up…
The push to introduce a genetically-modified, farmed Atlantic-Pacific-Salmon-Eel hybrid into the marketplace continues, but we have time to stop it. Alaska’s entire congressional delegation is all on our side on this one, so no excuse to call it a “partisan political issue.” This is about Alaska’s greatest sustainable treasure, our wild and wonderful salmon.
The FDA has already issued a draft Environmental Assessment with a finding that genetically modified Atlantic salmon caused no significant environmental impact. Really?
Sorry, FDA. Alaskans are smarter than that. We know that contamination of our wild stocks is a risk we will not take just so corporations can try to tinker with Mother Nature and make a bigger genetically modified fish. It is well known that escaped farmed salmon can play havoc with wild stocks, while also driving down the price of superior wild fish.
The Frankenfish would be the first genetically modified animal to appear on store shelves, and of course, no labeling will be required. Final approval of the Frankenfish could come later this year and would drastically change Alaska’s economy and ecology forever.
So, what can you do?
To submit a comment to the FDA and tell them that Alaska’s economy, jobs, and wild salmon are not for sale, click HERE, click the “comment now” button next to “Draft Assessment for Genetically Engineered Atlantic Salmon” and submit your information. Public comment closes on February 25, so do it now!
Also, this Saturday, February 9th, from 1-1:30 pm at Crescent Harbor Shelter in Sitka, there will be a quick get together to show public opposition to the pending FDA approval of genetically engineered farmed salmon. It’s not too late to comment to the FDA, come learn why and how! The Press have been invited, so let’s have a great showing. Mudflatters will be on hand to report back, and they need your support.
And it’s not just Alaskans who are speaking out. From Sitka to Southern California’s Santa Monica Pier, to New Jersey, rallies are scheduled up and down the West Coast this Saturday as part of a final push to collect comments.
San Francisco at Embarcadero and Market St. https://www.facebook.com/events/127099870791582/
Santa Cruz at Intersection of Capitola Rd & 41st Ave. https://www.facebook.com/events/565255513487307/
Los Angeles at Santa Monica Pier. https://www.facebook.com/events/437115543027514/
Sitka, Alaska at Cresent Harbor Shelter. https://www.facebook.com/events/135340656631823/
New Jersey at Irvin St and Haddon Ave in Collingswood. https://www.facebook.com/events/282624001867437/
Paul Rioux, who made his living fishing, was the original organizer of the Sitka rally, but he said the event has taken on a life of its own with multiple fishing organizations and the Sitka Conservation Society getting involved.
“The idea is to raise awareness so people know that they can comment on this,” Rioux said. “It is a public process, but people don’t know that.”
Wild Salmon are the backbone of the economy of Southeast , providing over 4,000 jobs to Southeast Alaskans alone. Statewide, the number of jobs is in the tens of thousands. The viability of salmon fishing and processing affects the viability of the entire Alaska seafood industry. The approval of genetically engineered salmon will expand the price differential between wild versus farmed salmon, harm local fishermen, and possibly even reduce the political and economic will to maintain the ecological health of wild stocks.
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