AquaBounty sells more GMO salmon while losses mount
AquaBounty Technologies’ net loss grew in the first six months of this year, due in part to costs at its salmon farm in Indiana, U.S.A. However, the Maynard, Massachusetts-based biotech firm completed the second sale of AquAdvantage salmon from its Panama farm.
AquaBounty, a producer of genetically modified salmon, did not reveal the retail buyer of the salmon, but it did report that its product revenues rose from USD 53,278 (EUR 46,000) for the first six months of 2017 to USD 66,995 (EUR 58,000) in the first six months ending 30 June, 2018.
The company sold its first five tons of product to undisclosed Canadian customers in the summer of 2017.
AquaBounty’s net loss rose from USD 4.1 million (EUR 3.5 million) in the first six months of 2017 to USD 5.2 million (EUR 4.5 million) in the first half of 2018. The company attributed the loss increase to pre-production costs at its farm near Albany, Indiana, as well as research and development activities at its hatchery in Rollo Bay, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
While AquaBounty received FDA approval to raise AquAdvantage salmon at its land-based Indiana facility, the company is currently prevented from importing its AquAdvantage salmon eggs from Canada due to the existence of an “Import Alert” pending the FDA’s issuance of final labeling guidance.
As a result, the supplier stocked its Indiana farm with traditional Atlantic salmon eggs and began grow-out activities.
“This stocking has allowed us to start operations at the facility, while we wait for the lifting of the import alert on AquAdvantage Salmon, which we anticipate in the second half of the year,” AquaBounty CEO Ronald Stotish said in a press release.