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Prince Edward Island approves expansion of first North American GE salmon facility

A [Prince Edward Island] hatchery that will produce genetically modified salmon has received the go-ahead for two 40,000 square-foot buildings to expand production capacity in Rollo Bay West.

The expansion will provide AquaBounty with capacity to produce 250 metric tonnes of genetically modified —  4.5-5 kg Atlantic salmon — per year.

The approval for the facility, owned by AquaBounty Canada, was granted June 19 by P.E.I. Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, Robert Mitchell.

The minister ordered amendments to the company’s plan in order to address concerns raised during public consultations.

Among those amendments, the company must inform government “in the event of escape or release of fish, at any stage of their life cycle” according to a letter from the Minister, addressed to AquaBounty.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada says there is a “low level of risk associated with escapes from the facility,” according to a letter it provided to the province to address public concerns. “Therefore there is no requirement for a contingency plan for any escape,” the letter states.

 

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