Canada green lights commercial production of AquAdvantage GMO salmon at Prince Edward Island facility

AquaBounty salmon raised in land-based tanks. Credit: AquaBounty

Environment Canada has approved the commercial production of genetically-modified salmon produced in a facility in eastern [Prince Edward Island], says the company that owns the facility in a news release.

The AquAdvantage salmon, produced by AquaBounty, are modified to grow at a much faster rate than regular salmon.

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AquaBounty has created a land-based, self-contained facility for the fish in Rollo Bay. Currently, the company has permission to export GM salmon eggs from P.E.I. to a facility in Indiana to be grown out. The [US] approved the import of the eggs to the Indiana plant last month.

[Editor’s note: Read AquaBounty’s press release for more information.]

AquaBounty CEO Sylvia Wulf said in a news release she was pleased by the news.

“We take biosecurity and sustainability seriously, and our state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) design includes multiple and redundant physical barriers to escape,” said Wulf.

AquaBounty estimates the first commercial harvest from the plant will be in the last quarter of 2020.

Read full, original article: GM salmon approved for commercial production in P.E.I, AquaBounty announces

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