AquaBounty to go through new federal risk assessment

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“Should AquaBounty wish to manufacture or grow out the AquAdvantage salmon at this site, a new notification will be required.”

According to CBC news, AquaBounty will have to submit a new new federal risk assessment about its its plans to build a new egg production and grow-out facility in Rollo Bay West, Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

This is despite receiving a CAD 2 million construction loan from the Department of Economic Development of the Province of Prince Edward Island in October to complete a 250-metric ton production facility.

In May 2017, Environment Canada told CBC News the new project would not require an additional federal environmental assessment, but by July 2017, that position had changed. “Should AquaBounty wish to manufacture or grow out the AquAdvantage salmon at this site, a new notification will be required,” Minister Catherine McKenna wrote.

AquaBounty’s new activity with the genetically modified fish will undergo an assessment similar to the one done on the company’s facility in Bay Fortune which produces salmon eggs.

The  firm can make its land-based salmon grow to market size in about half the time of a traditional farmed Atlantic salmon. In September SalmonBusiness reported that in 2017 the company had sold 4.5 tonnes in Canada.