Background: One school of thought is that escaped farmed fish may impact wild populations if they breed and dilute the genetic structure of the wild population, or through competition for resources or possibly by disease transfer.
- No genetically modified fish products are commercially available in the U.S
- Additionally, California maintains strict regulations regarding the use of genetically modified organisms in aquaculture.
- In collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute has released cultured fish into the ocean for nearly 20 years. During this period, the program has consulted experts from around the world to understand and minimize any potential risks. This includes pre-release health assessment and certification of cultured fish by a veterinary fish pathologist, and implementation of management practices designed to maintain the genetic diversity of the wild population.
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