Escapes are common when hundreds of thousands of tilapia, catfish, sea bass, steelhead, carp and salmon are held in open pens, farms and ponds. Storms, equipment malfunctions and predators cause significant releases of these farmed fish. In 2008, the U.S. market for farmed salmon, aquacultureâ€™s principal product, was an estimated $45 million. Most of these salmon have been genetically-modified for commercial purposes and biologists are worried about the effects these altered fish will have on wild populations. In 1997, at least 350,000 farmed salmon escaped from aquafarms on the West Coast and many were later found thousands of miles away. Farmed fish that have been genetically modified or selectively bred are more aggressive, grow faster, have smaller fins and larger bodies. When they escape and interbreed frequently enough with wild salmon populations, the genetic make up of these wild stocks are altered and this can lead to a loss of fitness, productivity, diversity and the eventual extinction of some populations. Farmed salmon can also transmit infections and parasites to wild salmon.
S.246 & H.R 1667 – Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States Act
I oppose reforming current Aquaculture escape policy and wish to defeat S.246 & H.R.1667
I support prohibiting the sale of genetically modified salmon by prohibiting a person from: shipping, transporting, offering for sale, selling, or purchasing a genetically modified fish, or a food product containing such fish, in interstate commerce; having custody, control, or possession of, with the intent to ship, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase such fish or food products, in interstate or foreign commerce; engaging in net-pen aquaculture of such fish; releasing such fish into a natural environment; or having custody, control, or possession of such fish with the intent to release it into a natural environment, and wish to pass S.246 & H.R.1667