Friday, March 8, 2013

The nightmare of Frankenfish

As most of you know, a few weeks ago I was the 16th Annual Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon.  It was a fabulous time!  Its so great to see old friends and meet new ones.

This year, I emceed one evening with my buddy Lloyd.  It was my first time as MC and one thing I liked about it was that while I usually run around venue to venue chasing radio fish, as MC I had to stay put.  As a result, I caught acts of folks I hadn't heard of and never would have checked out.  Phil Lancing, for example. He memorized his entire 15 minute story that was quite good and funny! He is a hoot!

And speaking of being a hoot, that brings me to fellow Fisher Poet Dennis McGuire.  He is a character, to say the least.  Some of his poems and stories are pretty outrageous, but by just looking at Dennis, you know they are true.  He is a long time fishermen on the Copper River Flats out of Cordova Alaska and well seasoned at Fisher Poets.  Below is a photo of him a few years back at Cordova's In 'Em Fisher Folk Festival.

Dennis McGuire

While most of Dennis' stuff is quite humorous, some does have a political message to it, like his poem Fish Farm that talks about genetically engineered (GE) salmon. If approved, this Frankenfish would be the first genetically engineered animal that our Federal Government has ever approved for food consumption.  Scary stuff!  To say the least. Unfortunately, this threat is REAL! More details about this nightmare can be found here:

But, before I digress down that rabbit hole any further, check out Dennis' Fish Farm poem.  My description of it doesn't do it justice.  Best to just watch it for yourself here on this YouTube link.  First is Dennis' favorite part, the

 Piglet Intro:

Fish Farm

GMO-Awareness's photo.
The following was taken from the GMO Awareness Facebook page. GMO Awareness

*** BREAKING NEWS: FDA has just extended the comment period on genetically engineered salmon until April 26! (see the article below). Here are FIVE ways to voice your opinion:

1) Cornucopia Institute has an excellent sample letter that you can submit electronically or by mail:

2) Then you can sign this petition:

3) And this petition:

4-5) Lastly, you can post a message to the following two Facebook pages:
The FDA:

Read the breaking news article here:

We gotta do something about this nightmare.  Join me in signing these petitions to stop yet another threat to our fishery, our jobs, our livelihood, and most importantly, our food!

Please join me in saying NO to Frankenfish! 

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