Much controversy surrounds the announcement, which (as stated before) comes as little surprise when the subject of genetically engineering is being discussed.
A coalition of consumer, animal welfare, and environmental groups issued the following press release: "Coalition Demands FDA Deny Approval of First Genetically Engineered Food Animal" on the Center for Food Safety Web site.
The press release states, in part: 'Each year millions of farmed salmon escape from open-water net pens, outcompeting wild populations for resources and straining ecosystems.'
Marianne Cufone, director of Food and Water Watch's fish program, states within the article, 'We believe any approval of GE salmon would represent a serious threat to the survival of native salmon populations, many of which have already suffered severe declines related to salmon farms and other man-made impacts.'
The press release makes further claims against Aqua Bounty and the genetically engineered Atlantic salmon.
Page two talks about the Aqua Bounty response to this press release.