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Press Conference: Genetically Modified Fish

Monday October 24 2011 at 1:00
Outside Aqua Bounty Farms, PEI, Canada.

U.S. Environmental Campaigners Visit Proposed Location of Genetically Modified Atlantic Salmon Egg Production: Aqua Bounty Farms in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Location: Outside Aqua Bounty Farms research and development facility, Bay Fortune, PEI. Directions: From Charlottetown take Route 2 East towards Souris, Exit right onto Route 340, Follow signs for the Inn on Bay Fortune, At the stop sign take a right onto Route 310 across the bridge, bare left. (Call 902 394 2960 for rain location)

Eric Hoffman, Biotechnology Policy Campaigner, Friends of the Earth U.S., Washington DC:
Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Food Safety, Washington DC;
Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Ottawa.

U.S. and Canadian campaigners will visit the site that U.S. company Aqua Bounty Technologies plans to use to commercially produce genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon eggs. The eggs will be exported to Panama for growing out and processing, then shipped to the U.S. consumer market. Eric Hoffman and Jaydee Hanson will speak on the environmental and public health risks associated with the GM Atlantic salmon as well as the public opinion of U.S. consumers who are the first target consumer market. A request to tour the facility was not granted by Aqua Bounty.

Contact: Eric Hoffman, Friends of the Earth U.S., 202 222 0747 or cell 443 465 2219; Jaydee Hanson, Center for Food Safety U.S. cell 703 231 5956; Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network 613 241 2267 ext 25, cell 613 263 9511.