ALBANY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – The first harvest of genetically modified salmon grown in aquariums in the city of Albany, Delaware County, is scheduled for later this month. Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) says orders have been placed for the first five-ton crop.
Aquabounty bought the fish farm from Bell Fish Co. in 2017, but received government approval to raise GE salmon through 2018. Production started the following year.
Aquabounty is the only company licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada to breed GE Atlantic Salmon. It’s been seven years since Aquabounty received FDA approval.
While Aquabounty has received government approval, the company has critics for using genetic engineering to raise fish. Opponents are concerned about the risk of exposure to wild salmon populations.
However, the aquaculture company says that with its onshore fish farms, unlike ocean cages, the company is taking the necessary biosecurity measures to protect the native salmon.
“The AquaBounty facility design and operation strategy is based on important salmon health considerations,” said Sylvia Wulf, chief executive officer of Aquabounty. “Our goal is to offer a delicious salmon that is safely, sustainably produced and raised right here in the United States.”
The company says the salmon is antibiotic and marine pollutant free.
According to AquaBounty, the GE salmon reach harvest weight faster and more efficiently than conventional salmon raised in sea cages.