NEWS: Representative Tarr Asks FDA to Consider Recent GM Salmon Study

Rep. Geran Tarr

For Immediate Release: June 12, 2013

Representative Tarr Asks FDA to Consider Recent GM Salmon Study

Findings that GM salmon can breed with wild fish are alarming


Anchorage – Today Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) submitted a letter to the FDA asking them to take into consideration a recently published study from McGill University that shows that genetically modified salmon are capable of breeding with wild fish.


“The findings of this study are very concerning.  The study demonstrates proof of interbreeding with another species and highlights the potential for permanent, irreversible negative impacts to wild fish populations,” said Representative Tarr.


The findings also contradict statements made by AquaBounty that GM salmon are sterile and cannot breed.  This study supports concerns shared by many Alaskans that not nearly enough research has been done to determine the potential ecological effects of GM salmon and the threat to wild Alaska salmon.


“The findings from this important study must be considered as the FDA makes their final decision.  Today I sent a letter requesting that the FDA include these findings in their official record regarding the AquaBounty application,” said Representative Tarr.


The study revealed hybridization between genetically modified Atlantic salmon and wild brown trout.  The study was published in late May and comes after the comment period regarding genetically modified salmon closed on April 26.


Letter to Commissioner Hamburg:

Link to McGill University study (pay wall):



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