Fewer Fish, First Swine-Flu Shots, and More Freedom to Fail

Here's a rundown of some of the stories we've been following on Science's policy blog, ScienceInsider:

Despite government assurances that Alaska's Bering Sea pollock fishery is managed sustainably, the nation's largest commercial fishery continues to decline. On Friday in Seattle, Washington, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council presented its 2009 survey data, showing that the population has dropped another 24% and is at its lowest level since 1980, although government scientists had anticipated that it would show signs of recovery.

In a flurry of developments on swine flu preparations, the Obama Administration said vaccine delivery would begin in the first week of October and announced a plan to share vaccine with developing countries, but a study found that young children will likely need two shots for adequate protection.

A new report highlighted the possibility of producing power using underground coal gasification, which offers commercial and climate benefits.

The National Institutes of Health has set up a Web site where NIH-funded scientists can fill out a form requesting approval for the use of particular human embryonic stem cell lines, and Director Francis Collins established a task force to advise him on which lines meet new guidelines to qualify for federal funding.

European Union Commission President José Manuel Barraso has proposed new top-level science positions within the organization, including a science adviser and a commissioner for climate action.

A biomedical engineer from Stanford University and a climate scientist at Cornell University joined an Insider conversation on how policymakers could make it easier for young scientists early in their careers.

In an interview with Insider, the first president of the new National Research Foundation of Korea said his organization wants to promote "more creative and higher risk projects."

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