“This unfortunate, historic decision disregards the vast majority of consumers, many independent scientists, numerous members of Congress and salmon growers around the world, who have voiced strong opposition,” Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, said in a statement. - NY Times
From Entrepreneur In other words, we’re dealing with some potently polarizing Atlantic salmon.
"What we're talking about is a fast-growing fish," says Alison Van Eenennaam, an animal geneticist at the University of California, Davis, during a phone interview. "We breed fast-growing animals all the time. There was no reason that this process should have taken 20 years."
Many these fish consume more food than their "natural" counterparts because of their rapid growth rates. In many studies they have also exhibited an inability to create a strong enough immune system to fight off the various pathogens that they may run into in the wild. Due to the rapid and continuous change in the environment the genetically modified creatures could be open to unprecedented threats.
But as noted above, this is a complex issue. We have noted in past blogs on the declining fish populations in our oceans and wild salmon is one of the hardest hit. The better we can make farm-raised salmon, the more we can protect those in the wild. We are entering a time of trade-offs, with no decision being easy. This is one of those, and only time will tell which choice is the best.