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Fishermen Wary of Modified Salmon

posted on March 11, 2005

A Massachusetts company expects to get the federal government's OK to sell genetically enhanced salmon within a year, a prospect that scares some Alaskan fishermen.

If Waltham, Mass.-based Aqua Bounty Technologies' application to the Food and Drug Administration is approved, the salmon would be the first genetically enhanced fish sold for consumption in the United States. Aqua Bounty began its federal application process about nine years ago a company spokesman said.

Commercial fishermen in Alaska say they are concerned about what would happen if the modified salmon escape their pens and mingle with wild salmon. Some fishermen and anti-fish farming states such as Alaska have denounced genetically modified, or transgenic, salmon as unhealthy, uneconomical and dangerous to native species.

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