Great article about hybrid groupers. The Sabah Grouper which is a popular seafood item in Hong Kong is such a hybrid and has been intentionally released by misguided Buddhists as a gesture of compassion to mark Buddha’s birthday. It has also been spotted in HK waters by divers.
We often hear only part of the story. Sometimes because we want to, other times because the truth has never been told.
GM Salmon have made a big splash, But what about GM Grouper…
Never heard about it!
Why we should be worried about ‘Frankenfish’ in south-east Asia
Unlike GM salmon, hybrid grouper gets little attention but they potentially pose a greater threat to marine ecosystems
The market for grouper is huge – in Hong Kong alone, an estimated 3.6 million grouper are consumed each year. Photograph: ALEX OGLE/AFP/Getty Images
The fast-growing super salmon produced by American biotech company Aquabounty Technologies are poised to become the first genetically modified animals to hit food markets in the US, with approval from authorities widely expected later this year. But AquAdvantage®salmon has made headlines because of the potential risks to wild stocks in the Atlantic should they escape and breed.
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