Canadian GMO salmon facility will require federal environmental risk assessment

| | July 28, 2017
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A proposal to produce the world’s first genetically modified salmon for human consumption in P.E.I. will face assessment, says the federal government.

In a letter to a group of environmental lobby groups, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says any plan by AquaBounty Technologies to grow its AquAdvantage salmon at Rollo Bay, P.E.I., would be subject to strict requirements.

“Should AquaBounty wish to manufacture or grow out the AquAdvantage salmon at this site, a new notification will be required pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999,” McKenna wrote.

In June, the [Prince Edward Island] government approved AquaBounty’s request to begin construction at the proposed land-based facility at Rollo Bay, prompting opponents to seek clarity from the federal government.

AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage salmon contains genetic material from ocean pout and Chinook salmon and is intended to grow to adult size more quickly than conventional Atlantic salmon.

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AquaBounty has provincial approval to repurpose this old sea smolt hatchery in Rollo Bay and construct two 40,000-square-foot buildings on the land behind it. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

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