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In reversal, AquaBounty adds GMO salmon fishery to proposed facility, angering locals in Canada

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The company that proposed to set up a conventional salmon broodstock facility in Rollo Bay West, has changed its proposal to also raise genetically modified salmon to market size on the site.

AquaBounty Canada Inc. has submitted an amended proposal to P.E.I.’s environment department, laying out plans to construct two 40,000 square foot buildings, and to rear GMO salmon at the Rollo Bay West site.

“We were astonished,” said Dawn Carter, who lives across the street from the site. “We were not told that last year, so we were very surprised to see their plans have changed so significantly, to be such a big commercial GMO operation instead of just rearing GMO free salmon eggs.”

Carter, along with a handful of other residents and environmental groups raised concerns about AquaBounty’s expansion plans at a public meeting last spring.

Carter says she was “assured” at that meeting that the new facility would not be used to raise genetically modified salmon.

AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage Salmon has been approved for sale in Canada and in the U.S.

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