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Subject: Re: Editorial on Mercury
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Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 23 Dec 2008 07:11:26 -0500

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Thanks for the post -- I would hazard to assume that not everyone here  
on the list reads the NY Times.

While the issue may be "old news" to many of us, it might be worth  
noting the politics behind the scenes from a John Q. Public  
perspective.  Specifically, why the big public dust-up between federal  
agencies over something as apparently arcane as fish consumption  
guidelines?  The editorial suggests that it's linked to attempts by  
the outgoing Administration to weaken federal regulatory oversight,  
but the Times did a disservice by not following up with some actual  
reporting.  The more informed readers such as anglers might also  
wonder why this is apparently only between the EPA and FDA, without  
input from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).  This story  
could thus also provide some insight into the nature of the divisions  
of responsibility between federal agencies, the ones affecting  
fisheries in this case.

The domestic economic downturn may limit the resources that a paper  
like the Times can devote to an issue like this, but I would suggest  
that omitting the background and briefly stating a complex problem in  
an editorial may simply confuse the public readers rather than educate  

Best regards,

Dave Kerstetter

Quoting William Silvert <[log in to unmask]>:
> The following editorial in the New York Times on December 23, 2008, is
> old news to most of you, but may still be of interest.
> So Is Fish Safe to Eat or Not?

David W. Kerstetter, Ph.D.
Research Scientist and Adjunct Faculty
NSU Oceanographic Center
8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, Florida  33004

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