Alaska Senator Sends Obama Salmon Sample
by Associated Press
Charlotte Observer, January 28, 2011
JUNEAU, Alaska -- U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is sending President Barack Obama a sample of smoked Alaska salmon - and a pitch for the wild specimen.
This follows Obama's mention of salmon in his State of the Union address. Obama said one government agency is in charge of salmon when they're in fresh water, another is in charge when they're in saltwater, and "I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked."
Begich says the mention caught Alaskans' attention, and he wanted Obama and his family to have a taste of smoked wild salmon. In a letter dated Friday, he also said he thinks one taste will convince the president that salmon are "best kept wild."
Begich, a Democrat, has been fighting to bar federal approval of genetically altered salmon for food.
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