AquaBounty is a small company with offices in Maynard, Massachusetts and Fortune, Prince Edward Island. Founded in 1991, AquaBounty’s driving force is the belief that modern genetics, married with technological advances in aquaculture production, can spur a radically more responsible and sustainable way of farming Atlantic salmon. Breakthroughs in modern bioscience have revitalized aquaculture and AquaBounty is at the forefront of this Blue Revolution.
From our CEO to our hatchery manager, AquaBounty’s 23 employees share a passionate belief that smarter, science-based aquaculture can change the world — improving human health, conserving natural resources, and protecting our marine ecosystem while contributing to sustainable food production.
The AquaBounty story is driven by scientific innovation. It began in 1989, when Garth Fletcher and his research team at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada discovered that they could use advanced molecular genetics to significantly increase the growth rate of Atlantic salmon, thereby shortening the time to marketable size. This is the foundation for the “AquAdvantage®” technology.
AquaBounty believes that aquaculture can — and must — do better. Our AquAdvantage Salmon is better for the environment and consumers.
Low Impact Fish Farming
AquaBounty believes in sustainable seafood production. Our AquAdvantage Salmon will be raised in land-based production systems away from the ocean, eliminating the risk of escapes that could impact native fish populations AND the risk of pollutants or contaminants that could harm marine ecosystems. Our salmon will be raised in optimized conditions with total control of the water coming in and going out, which will allow for removal of wastes and the recycling of greater than 95% of the water used. AquAdvantage Salmon production systems will be operated at relatively low densities, so as to optimize fish health and minimize the environmental impact of the production system.
Conserving Wild Fish Populations
Aquaculture feed relies on wild fish to deliver the Omega-3 fatty acids that make fish so healthy to eat. Salmon is already one of the world’s most efficient protein producers. Our AquAdvantage Salmon grows to market-size using 25 percent less feed than traditional Atlantic salmon on the market today. This makes an already efficient protein producer even better because it requires less wild fish to be converted into salmon feed.
Reducing Carbon Emissions
When farmed in facilities close to major metropolitan areas, AquAdvantage Salmon will travel only a short distance to the consumer. Not only will this make our salmon the freshest fish on the market, it will significantly cut the transportation distance from farm to table. Unlike salmon imported from Norway and Chile that travels thousands of miles by airfreight and then trucked to markets, the carbon footprint of AquAdvantage Salmon could have a carbon footprint that is 23 to 25 times less than for traditional farmed salmon.