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AquaBounty, GMO salmon producer, applies to expand production on P.E.I.

aquabounty gmo salmonThe company that produces genetically-modified salmon has applied to re-purpose a 38-year-old fish hatchery in Rollo Bay West, P.E.I., as it looks to expand its commercial production. AquaBounty Technologies received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration five months ago to sell its AquAdvantage salmon in the United States. According to an environmental impact statement filed with the province, the company isn’t able to expand its production at its plant in Bay Fortune, P.E.I., because of the groundwater and electricity needed, so it’s requesting permission to use the old Snow Island Sea Smolt plant in Rollo Bay West. Read the rest here 08:22

Obama breaks his promise on frankenfish, (and everything else) and Alaskans will pay

baby fishermanFor close to two decades, AquaBounty, a company from Massachusetts, has been genetically modifying salmon. Apparently the whole years in the ocean, swimming back to the home creek, spawning upriver natural progression, is just too much of a pain. It takes too long. The Food and Drug Administration has been reviewing this “salmon” for some time. The White House decided to keep that report under wraps until after the election. (Like Keystone) Make no mistake. I’m furious with the Obama administration. Read the article here 17:39

Murkowski: No ‘frankenfish’ labeling means no new FDA chief

Alaska’s senior senator isn’t backing off her fight to label genetically modified salmon, and she said Monday she’ll go as far as blocking confirmation of the Food and Drug Administration’s next commissioner. In a statement released Monday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she “will not stand back and just watch these genetically engineered creatures be placed in our kitchens and on our tables without a fight. The “creatures” Murkowski refers to are the genetically engineered,,, Read the article here 07:28

FDA approval of AquaBounty GMO salmon decried by environmental and consumer groups

Environmental and consumer groups in the United States and Canada are denouncing a decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving genetically modified salmon as food. The eggs for the salmon, which grow at twice the rate of regular salmon, are raised in a facility in the eastern Prince Edward Island community of Bay Fortune and exported to Panama, where they’re grown in above-ground tanks. Sharon Labchuk of the group said P.E.I. has been thrust into a negative spotlight with the FDA’s decision. Read the article here 13:18

Aquabounty’s loss widened in 2013

Biotechnology company AquaBounty reported net losses amounting to USD 4.7 million for last year compared to USD 4.4 million in 2012. One of the reasons for this result is the increase in operating expenses, amounting to USD 4.9 million (2012: USD 4.4 million) due to the fact that the firm invested in new research projects, StockMarketWire.com reported. Read more here fis  02:12

US AquaBounty genetically-modified salmon eggs approved for commercial exports by Environment Canada – Lack of egg export limit puzzles scientists

FrankenFishDylan Fraser and David Meerburg are independent scientists who were part of a 23-member panel that reviewed a risk assessment document from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. AquaBounty is producing eggs in Bay Fortune, P.E.I. for salmon that are genetically-modified to grow twice as fast as regular salmon.The eggs are exported to Panama to be grown into full-size fish. The American company has applied to the U.S. FDA to be allowed to sell the fish as food in the U.S. AquaBounty applied to Environment Canada to export the eggs commercially if it gets that FDA approval. The P.E.I. plant has been operating as a research facility, but Environment Canada has approved it for commercial production. [email protected]  19:26

AquaBounty CEO Ron Stotish is brushing off criticism from anti-GMO groups

The CEO of an American company producing genetically modified salmon eggs in eastern Prince Edward Island is brushing off criticism from anti-GMO groups. AquaBounty announced this week it had received approval from Environment Canada to produce the eggs on a commercial scale. It had been operating as a research facility. Critics have complained the Canadian government’s approval of its hatchery in Bay Fortune, P.E.I., was done in secret without public consultation. [email protected] 09:06

GM salmon company losses mounting – Long wait discouraging investment in genetically modified food animal technologies, says scientist

CBCNews – AquaBounty, which is hoping to put its genetically modified salmon on grocery store shelves soon, is finding its losses are growing as it waits for U.S. FDA approval. The company’s net loses were $4.4 million last year, up from $2.7 million the year before. But the company says, thanks to reduced net spending and new money raised, it is still confident it has the cash to see its salmon reach the market in the U.S. continued

Will GE salmon opposition be the ‘kiss of death’ for Aquabounty?

Avaaz.org, self-described as an international citizens group, has collected nearly 1 million — 991,340, to be precise — signatures for its “Stop the Frankenfish attack” petition against Aquabounty’s application as of last Thursday, and that is just the most recent news to break. Read more

AquaBounty Hoping to Serve DNA-Altered Salmon on US Plates

Deep in the rain forests of Panama, in a secret location behind padlocked gates, barbed-wire fences and over a rickety wooden bridge, grows what could be the most debated food product of our time.”The idea of changing an animal form, I think, is really creepy,” said Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stonyfield Farm, an organic dairy farm. “When you move the DNA from a species into another species … you create a new life form that’s so new and so unique that you can get a patent for it.”

But it is one critics call “Frankenfish.” Read more here