New substances: AquAdvantage® salmon

Notifier: AquaBounty Technologies Inc.

New Substances Notification (NSN) number: 19702

Substance designation: AquAdvantage® salmon

Assessment period: July 28, 2018 to March 24, 2019

Activity: AquaBounty Technologies is constructing new production facilities to meet the growing global demand for AquAdvantage® salmon. One facility will be used to produce eggs for farming of AquAdvantage® salmon in the company’s facilities in Canada, the United States and Panama. The other facilities will be used to produce AquAdvantage® salmon for commercial sale in Canada and/or export to other countries.

Genetic modifications: AquAdvantage® salmon was developed by engineering a St. John River salmon with two genes from the Pacific salmon and from the Ocean Pout for expression of a growth hormone gene in AquAdvantage® salmon. AquAdvantage® salmon reaches a size of 100 g faster than non-engineered counterparts.

Public comments

Public comments period: Sept 14, 2018 to Oct 12, 2018

Public comments received: Summary of public comments received

Risk assessment and science advisory report

Risk assessment summary, NSN 19702

Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Science Advisory Report 2019/014 on the environmental and indirect human health risk assessment for AquAdvantage® salmon at a contained facility near Rollo Bay, PEI

Waiver of information requirement

AquaBounty Technologies Inc., NSN 19702

Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Science Response 2019/003 on the acceptance of the data submitted to determine invasiveness of the AquAdvantage® salmon

Significant New Activity notice

Significant New Activity notice no. 16528

Previous assessment

Waiver of information requirement for AquaBounty Technologies Inc., NSN 16528

Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Science Response 2013/023 on the environmental and indirect human health risk assessment for AquAdvantage® salmon

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Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency approve AquAdvantage® salmon

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