“The majority of consumers think that all salmon are the same. In fact, many consumers believe that the majority of Atlantic Salmon sold in restaurants and at retail is wild, when in fact 99.99% of all Atlantic Salmon sold world wide is farmed. This is further illustrated by the food industry and celebrity chefs that sell magazines with glamorous photos and accompanying recipes of how to cook "salmon." Lumping Pacific Salmon together with Atlantic is the same as calling the oysters you grow and harvest clams. All bivalves are the same, right? In my opinion, it's the thought process that taking a gene from one "salmon" and attaching it to another "salmon" is acceptable because to your average consumer they are both just salmon.”
Just4theHalibut on Apr 2, 2013 at 10:26:03
“Actually, having lived in Alaska for several decades and now in the Pacific NW, I have to say that Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and others have done a good job of "branding" Alaska wild salmon. Most fishmarkets I go to, including counters at Safeway etc. will label Alaska salmon as such. So do seafood restaurants like McGraths, and the chefs on cooking shows. Maybe it's different on the East Coast or in Mid-west?”
“What it obvious is that the majority of consumers just don't understand fish, and neither does this author. This is made clear by restaurants and retailers mislabeling species at the consumers expense and health risk. What many people do not understand is that an Atlantic Salmon and a Chinook Salmon, also known as King Salmon, are entirely different species. Splicing genes between these two species of fish would be akin to combining genes from the African Water Buffalo and the American Bison. Just because we call them both "buffalo" doesn't mean they are intended to be interchangeable. I'm not opposed to all GMO, but I do believe that we, as humans, need to ask ourselves, "Just because it's possible, does that mean we should go ahead and do it?"”
First Officer on Mar 29, 2013 at 16:25:09
“"entirely different species"? Well, there's your problem. It turns out they're only moooostly different, to paraphrase Billy Crystal in the Princess Bride.
But they're not even that different at all.
At one point back in time, only their common ancestor existed, a protosalmon. It was from this protosalmon that both the Chinook Salman and the King Salmon inherited all their genes, with the only differences being mutations that passed on to the present. So, in essence, when we transfer a gene from one salmon to another, we are giving the receipient a gene that could have easily been their naturally but for the particular course of evolution it took. Remember that, in nature, genes mutate randomly, with no thought whatsoever to any consequences. It's only through the selection process of the environment that determines the liklihood that a mutation is passed on, which, itself, is also mindless.”
hp blogger Tamar Haspel on Mar 29, 2013 at 14:06:55
“I'm not sure why you think people don't understand that Atlantic salmon and Chinook salmon are different species. I was under the impression that this was commonly understood. Yes, the question is whether it is safe to put a gene from one species into another.”