U.S. Fish and Wildlife concerned about AquaBounty salmon

Maynard-based Aqua­Bounty Technologies — with a genetically modified fish that grows twice as fast as native Atlantic salmon — won a key victory in its quest to put the fish on American dinner plates late last month when a Food and Drug Administration report found the highly controlled process of raising largely sterile fish would have “no significant impact” on the environment.

But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is raising concerns about the experimental product. “Although AquaBounty claims their fish are sterile, that sterilization process is not 100 percent. There is the possibility that some of these fish could escape and reproductively interact with wild native salmon,” James Geiger, an assistant regional director for fisheries in the wildlife service’s Northeast region, told the Herald. “Any potential offspring could reduce the biological and ecological fitness of the native wild salmon.”

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