Senator Lisa draws a bead on fish farms

ALASKA - Fish farming in federal waters would face significant new hurdles under a bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski late last week. </b><br><br> Her proposed Natural Stock Conservation Act would stall development of aquaculture in offshore waters until federal agencies receive instructions from Congress requiring &quot;rigorous studies&quot; for the new industry, Murkowski spokesman Eliot Bundy said Friday. <br><br> Fish farms - which can spread disease and non-native fish to surrounding waters - need the same level of scrutiny that has been given to national ocean policy reform in recent years, Murkowski said in a Friday press statement. <br><br> &quot;We cannot afford a rush to judgment on this issue,&quot; she said. &quot;It is far too dangerous if we make a mistake.&quot; <br><br> Her bill, introduced Thursday night, will go head to head with a couple of pro-aquaculture Congressional bills anticipated by fishermen and the aquaculture industry later this spring. <br><br> <i>Source:</i>

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