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Canada Surpasses the US in the Approval of AquaBounty GM Salmon Eggs

December 4, 2013
In its recent article titled, AquaBounty GM Salmon Eggs Cleared for Production in Canada, The Fish Site, highlights a much needed success story in the field of animal biotechnology,
“Environment Canada, the agency of the Government of Canada with responsibility for regulating environmental policies and issues, has decided that Genetically Modified (GM) AquAdvantage® Salmon from AquaBounty Technologies is not harmful to the environment or human health when produced in contained facilities.

“AquaBounty will therefore now be able to produce eggs on a commercial scale at its facility in Prince Edward Island, Canada.”

Genetically engineered animals can help transform innovative therapies that can be used to improve both human and animal health. GE animals can also contribute to the environment by using less resources and reducing the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted into the atmosphere. These are just a few examples of the benefits that this technology can bring to consumers.

In a recent press release, Ron Stotish, CEO of AquaBounty, had this to say about the company’s recent feat,
“We are pleased to note that, after a rigorous examination of our hatchery facility and the Standard Operating Procedures used to produce AAS eggs, Environment Canada is satisfied that we can responsibly produce our sterile, all-female eggs on a commercial scale.

“This is a significant milestone in our efforts to make AquAdvantage® Salmon available for commercial production. However, our eggs and fish will not be available for sale until they are approved by the relevant national regulatory bodies. When these approvals are in place, we look forward to demonstrating the value of AAS for a land-based and environmentally-sustainable production system.”

GE salmon can grow to market size in half the time while using 20% less feed than a non-GE salmon, thus producing more fish with less feed and waste. Animal biotechnology has already developed a GE salmon that enables inland salmon farming to be profitable for farmers and to bring heart healthy protein and Omega-3 fatty acids to consumers. This fish brings salmon production closer to metropolitan areas, reducing transportation (GHGs), while creating more local jobs.

With the world population expecting to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, biotechnology will be essential in helping to feed this growing rate. This tool can help increase food production and protein content in less time, with less waste and a smaller carbon footprint. To learn more about AquaBounty Technologies, visit their site.