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My personal stance is to work with seasonal products (key word seasonal),that are carefully monitored and captured in U.S. waters.This is one area of federal assistance that I do not resent my taxes going towards.The Fed and State regulations are frustrating to many fishing outfits and the information is often flawed however when one considers the alternatives I think they do a fair job.
I also purchase from our neighbors in Mexico,Canada and Central America.The closer to Chicago the better.
I continue to deal with small, family run enterprises as well as environmentally sensitive outfits that use gps technology to tag the catch and upload critical data concerning weight,capture method and location.This assures that I am buying from a boat that is playing by the rules.I continue to import seasonal catches from New Zealand and think that they do a very good job in conservation. Indeed,they set the standard in my opinion.I also feature exclusively Faraoe Island Salmon as I think it is an Island group that produces the finest availabe.Canada is closer,but the product is not as good.Purity and quality are my priorities.

Harvard Medical School Seafood and health: This two-part report summarizes findings from a recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Part 1 discusses the potential health benefits of fish and fish oil intake. Part 2 discusses the potential health risks and describes optimal intakes for different populations.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration : Sustain Healthy Coasts : Many coastal areas and resources are experiencing environmental decline. The reasons for coastal environmental decline are numerous and complex, but population growth and the cumulative effects of human activities affecting coastal areas are significant factors. Over 50% of the U.S. population lives on only 10% of the land area that is coastal, and these populations are growing at a faster rate than those inland.

What is the main fisheries law?

Full List of Fisheries Laws Marine Protected Areas - Who Benefits? : Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute - The marine reserve system is an integral part of Belize's coastal zone management programme as they provide an ecosystem-based management approach to multiple species fisheries, such as those found on coral reefs.

Key Marine Area : Oceans cover 71 percent of the earth's surface and are treasure chests of life, supplying food, medicines, and raw materials for human use. The biological diversity of the oceans rivals that of tropical forests and exceeds that on land, especially in higher levels of taxonomic order among genera, classes, and phyla. Scientists estimate that less than 10 percent of the ocean's biodiversity has ever been measured so CI is spearheading efforts to gain a better understanding of marine biodiversity so those areas in greatest need, can be identified and protected.

Links About Aquaculture

Genetic Engineering and Food Security: Ecological and Livelihood Issues

Watershed Watch Salmon Society

The state of world fisheries and aquaculture : The idea of publishing The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture was conceived in 1995 in recognition of the growing demand for reliable information on the subject. Since there was no periodical providing a global and comprehensive view of the sector and covering policy issues, the FAO Fisheries Department decided to publish such a report every two years. The State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture 1996 serves as a benchmark document, as it provides an initial overview of world fisheries and aquaculture and places the sector in a longer-term perspective by examining trends from 1950 to the present, while also looking ahead to the year 2010.

Department of Ecology SEA Program : The Governor signed two bills amending the Shoreline Act: one bill increases the substantial development permit threshold to $5,000, another modifies the regulation of agricultural activities.

Seattletimes.com: Will seafood nets be empty? Grim outlook draws skeptics
Global fishing trends point to a collapse of most wild seafood harvests by midcentury, according to a team of international researchers who pored through historical data,
catch records and studies to document the decline of marine species all over the world.

WorldWatch.org Conscientious Seafood Buyers May Be Greatest Hope to Reverse Widespread Destruction of Fisheries: The world’s beleaguered fish populations have found an unlikely ally: seafood eaters, according to a new Worldwatch study by Brian Halweil, a senior researcher and globally recognized food expert. From Chinese universities that refuse to serve shark fin soup, to U.S. supermarkets that feature sustainably harvested shrimp, to Japanese consumers who are restoring wild oyster beds, a well-informed population of seafood eaters, distributors, restaurants, and supermarkets is playing a growing role in fostering a more sustainable, lower-impact fishing industry.

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