Sustainable 'superfish': AquaBounty's genetically engineered salmon poised to counter overfishing

| | February 19, 2018

At current rates, according to a 2006 article in the journal Science, the world will run out of all wild-caught fish by mid-century.

Genetically engineered fish could provide a solution, taking the pressure off wild stocks and reducing the energy and carbon emissions required to feed the world’s seafood appetite. Because AquaBounty’s salmon are sterile and raised in land-based tanks, they can’t breed with wild populations. And because they efficiently convert fish feed into edible protein, they offer a potential low-cost solution for nourishing not only affluent consumers in North America but hungry people in the developing world with little access to meat.

But there is something about genetically engineered fish that many find uniquely disturbing.

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There’s also a tangle of bureaucratic red tape to get through before GE fish finds its way into U.S. grocery stores.

It’s a strange paradox: If you could get the fish here, you could sell them; but you can’t legally bring GE salmon into the country.

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“We are providing technology to improve food production and make it sustainable,” [AquaBounty CEO Ron] Stotish says. This, he says, will put society in a better position “to address the global food security issues we’ll face as the world’s population approaches 10 billion.”

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