California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill this week banning commercial production of genetically modified, hormone-juiced salmon.
AB 504, authored by Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, prohibits the spawning or cultivating of “transgenic salmonids” in the Pacific Ocean to all waters of the state. The hatchery production and stocking of such fish is also off-limits.
“The legislation protects the state’s native steelhead trout and salmon populations,” Chesbro said, adding that federal food and drug regulators are reviewing an application by a company, AquaBounty Technologies, that seeks to raise genetically altered salmon in the US.
The bill was sponsored by Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations and supported by the California Aquaculture Association, CalTrout, Golden Gate Salmon Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Northcoast Environmental Center, Ocean Conservancy, Sierra Club California and the Southern California Trawlers Association.