We love wild salmon.
We all know that farmed fish wind up escaping into the wild. We’re more than a little freaked out about genetically modified salmon being farmed in any piece of water connected to…well, any other piece of water. Aren’t invasive Atlantic salmon in the Pacific Northwest bad enough?
Trout Unlimited is leading an effort to let the FDA know that they need to conduct an analysis of the impact of genetically modified salmon before they just go ahead and let the dogs out.
To quote Chris Wood, TU Head Honcho,
“The FDA is close to approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption. This decision could be disastrous for wild salmon in the U.S. and around the world. We simply can’t let it happen.
I completely understand that these GM escapees could out-compete the wild salmon populations and cause serious problems for many ecosystems in the pacific northwest. However, AquaBounty, a leader in transgenic salmon production, claims that they culture only sterile fish (See reference below.) If this is true, we can assume that these salmon could not breed with wild stocks. If this is in fact the case, would that change your opinion on the matter?
Thank you very much, I just wanted to say that I am doing a school project on this and many of the kids in my class are on your side, we do not want gmo salmon polluting our rivers and oceans. Also, the FDA says that it is ok, but they have not got a chance to study the long term affects of this possibly dangerous fish. If you have any more information on this topic, could you please post it so that I could have some more really good information for my project? Thank you very much
-admiring sixth grader