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U.S. company applies to Ottawa to sell genetically modified fish for you to eat

HALIFAX - A U.S. company hoping to produce genetically modified salmon eggs in Canada has also applied to the federal government to sell its fish for human consumption. AquaBounty included a line about its application in a statement it released last Thursday, but company spokesman Dave Conley declined comment on the application. "It is our policy not to discuss regulatory applications, just as it is the policy of the relevant government agencies not to discuss applications under review," Conley said in an email.

Loblaws first to offer new responsibly-farmed certified Atlantic salmon

TORONTO - Grocery giant Loblaws (TSX:L) will be the first retailer in North America to sell a new type of responsibly-farmed salmon, an offering it hopes will differentiate itself amid intense competition from its grocery rivals. Loblaws, which is also the country's largest biggest buyer and seller of seafood, said the decision to stock Atlantic salmon certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) will give customers more choice when selecting responsibly farmed fish.

Federal government announces funds to help B.C. fish farms increase exports

CAMPBELL RIVER, - The federal government is giving $21,000 to British Columbia salmon farmers to research best practices around the world, more than a year after a $26-million public inquiry made a litany of recommendations. Conservative MP John Duncan says the funds will allow the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association to review international standards and practices in fish farming in order to identify potential improvements in the province. The association will then develop a plan for the B.C.'s farmed salmon industry to maintain world-leading standards.

Price of costliest tuna nosedives despite shrinking stocks

TOKYO - Sushi chain operator Kiyoshi Kimura appears to have netted a real bargain, taking home a 507 pound (230 kilogram) bluefin tuna for a mere 7.3 million yen (about $73,000), a fraction of the price he paid last year at the year's first auction at the Tsukiji market in Tokyo. The New Year's auction attracts high bids as a celebratory way to launch the new year, but Kimura's winning bid last year of 154.4 million yen for a 222 kilogram fish drew complaints that prices are beyond reasonable levels.

Gagged by B.C. court, fish-farm foe takes fight against industry to Scotland

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's highest court may have placed a muzzle on anti-salmon-farming activist Don Staniford, but that hasn't stopped the man described by one judge as a "zealot" from continuing his personal battle against the industry. After losing a defamation case this past summer against one of the province's biggest salmon-farming companies, Mainstream Canada, Staniford moved shop to Scotland.

Insight: In Greece, fish farms a testing ground for economic revival

By Karolina Tagaris and George Georgiopoulos SOFIKO, Greece (Reuters) - Greek fish farmer John Stephanis has a problem. Global demand for his sea bass and bream is strong. But his company Selonda Aquaculture SA is so strapped for cash that it cannot expand its farms. One solution, says Stephanis, is smaller fish. By growing slimmer fish - to about 370 grams from the current average of 400 - Stephanis can grow more of them in each of his 50 farms. And by keeping prices unchanged, he can start paring his losses.

Russia may ban salmon imports from Norway - Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will impose a ban on salmon imports from Norway from January 1 if confirms that its specialists have not been allowed to inspect fish farms, Sergei Dankvert, the head of agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, told Interfax news agency. "It is probable that there will be a ban on salmon from January 1," Dankvert said. "Preliminary feedback shows that our specialists have not been given access to fish farms, if this is confirmed then we will proceed as planned."

Vietnam among top ten aquatic product exporters worldwide

Vietnam among top ten aquatic product exporters worldwide HANOI, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam is the third largest aquaculture country in Asia-Pacific and among the top 10 exporters of aquatic products in the world, said Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on Wednesday.

Fish-farm firm still focused on Atlantic salmon in B.C. despite shift in Chile

VANCOUVER - One of the world's largest aquaculture companies is betting future economic growth in Chile on a "robust" species of salmon native to the Pacific but will continue to raise the controversial Atlantic salmon on its British Columbia farms. Norwegian-based Cermaq has released plans for its economic growth in the South American country, saying coho salmon will become a key component of future growth.

GM fish takes step to commercial production, sparking 'frankenfish' worries

A U.S. company hoping to commercially produce genetically modified salmon eggs in Canada says it has cleared a major hurdle in its proposal to make the fish available for human consumption, a possibility that has critics worried about the prospect of "frankenfish" escaping and endangering wild Atlantic salmon around the world. Environment Canada's conclusion that the eggs are not harmful to the environment or human health when produced in contained facilities marks a significant step for Aquabounty Technologies, the company's CEO said Monday.
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