The GM salmon produced by AquaBounty grows at a much accelerated rate than smaller, fish farm or wild salmon. ©File Photo
The Council of Canadians P.E.I. Chapter submitted the following to the provincial government regarding the request of AquaBounty to grow and market GM salmon on P.E.I. Sadly, none of our concerns were addressed by the province.
“We have reviewed the Amended Environmental Impact Statement for AquaBounty Canada Inc. We say that this proposal is more than an amended version; we view it as an entirely new project as the purpose of the facility has changed significantly. AquaBounty is proposing the facility at Rollo Bay West now be used to rear AquAdvantage salmon, a genetically modified salmon, from eyed egg to market size within the facility.
In our submission on AquaBounty’s first proposal we urged caution saying, “If approval is given to this facility we believe this creates an opportunity for AquaBounty to turn it into a GM production facility sometime in the future.” We were right.