GM salmon farm won’t require new federal assessment, Canadian government says

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A plant in eastern [Prince Edwards Island] that plans to produce genetically modified salmon will not require a new federal assessment, says Environment and Climate Change Canada.

According to a statement sent to CBC News, the project does not involve any activity that would require a federal environmental assessment.

The new facility is being proposed by AquaBounty, which currently operates a salmon egg facility in Fortune, P.E.I. In the past the eggs have been shipped to Panama for grow out. The new proposal would see a commercial grow out plant in Rollo Bay West.

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The Atlantic Salmon Federation believes the new proposal is something completely different from the egg production facility, and should have a new assessment.

“I was surprised to hear [no assessment was required] because the original risk assessment that was completed was very specific and limited,” said director of communications Neville Crabbe.

The new provincial environmental impact statement is currently being reviewed. The federal department says it will review the provincial assessment and participate as needed.

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Genetically modified salmon plant in P.E.I. does not need new federal assessment

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