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Fish

 

Possible application of gene technology Labelling
Animal feed with GM components no

 

Description of product

The planned farming of edible fish (aquaculture) has gained importance in the last years. Yields have been increased and an increasing number of types of fish may be bred in this manner.

  • Outpacing the traditional fresh-water fish trout and carp, the salmon has become the main product of fish farming.
  • Fish farming also is possible for salt-water fish such as cod, halibut and turbot as well as for exotic fish such as tilapia.
  • See also: salmon, fish preserves

Possible application of gene technology

Genetic modification is conducted predominantly on fish with which planned farming is possible:

  • salmon, trout, carp, also cod, turbot, halibut and tilapia.

The aim thereby is:

  • accelerated growth and weight increase through transfer of regulation of genes which influence growth
  • accommodation to deeper water temperatures through transfer of genes for "anti-frost proteins "
  • resistance to pathogens (such as bacteria and viruses)

Approval: In the USA there exists an application for commercial farming of GM salmon that grows significantly faster. An official approval has not yet been granted. No applications for approval have been made in the EU and are not to be expected in the next years.

Applications of gene technology are possible in some feed additives used in fish farming:

 

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