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Genetically Engineered Fish and Seafood

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Publication Date: December 2004

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS21996

Topic: Agriculture, forestry and fishing (Fish industry)

Abstract:

Genetic engineering techniques allow the manipulation of inherited traits to modify and improve organisms. Many genetically modified (GM) fish and seafood products are currently under development and offer potential benefits such as increasing aquaculture productivity and improving human health. However, many are concerned that, in this rapidly evolving field, current technological and regulatory safeguards are inadequate to protect the environment and insure public acceptance of these products. This report will be updated as circumstances warrant.