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Greenpeace Protest Against Frankenfish in Boston

Greenpeace Decries Biotech Fish
Updated 6:52 PM ET March 26, 2001
By JUSTIN POPE, AP Business Writer

BOSTON (AP) - The environmental group Greenpeace plans to protest at a
seafood trade show this week over the possibility that genetically
engineered fish could be approved for sale as food in the United States.

Scientists are experimenting with ways to modify fish genes - to make fish
grow faster, for example - and the Food and Drug Administration is
considering whether to allow, for the first time, sales of such fish.

Greenpeace plans demonstrations outside Boston Tuesday as the International
Boston Seafood Show, expected to attract thousands of vendors, gets under
way.

"We want to send a clear message to the industry," said Kimberly Wilson, an
activist with Greenpeace's Genetic Engineering Campaign. "If these
technologies cause populations to go into extinction, they're risking their
own businesses."

Greenpeace officials say they are concerned that genetically engineered fish
are unsafe and that altered fish could escape into the wild, adversely
affecting eons of natural evolution.

But supporters say the technology is necessary to feed the world's rapidly
growing population.

"An organization like Greenpeace simply forgets the human factor in all
these equations," said Elliot Entis, CEO of Aqua Bounty Farms, a suburban
Boston company seeking FDA approval for its genetically modified salmon.
"The product they sell is fear."

Aqua Bounty's salmon reach full size more quickly than normal salmon. The
fish are sterile, Entis said, so that even if they escape their seaside
aquaculture pens into the ocean, they are unlikely to reproduce.

Greenpeace claims studies have shown genetically engineered fish do escape
and mate in the wild.

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