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Experts to discuss genetically engineered salmon in virtual Aquarium lecture November 19, 2020

In the future will genetically engineered farmed salmon be the most sustainable and healthy “meat” you can buy at the supermarket? In a virtual lecture presented by the Aquarium of the Pacific on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., Mark Walton, Ph.D., chief technology officer for AquaBounty Technologies Inc., will discuss this question, followed by a conversation with biologist and environmental risk assessment expert, Professor Michelle Marvier of Santa Clara University.

Dr. Walton will explain how and why salmon is genetically engineered and discuss the potential environmental benefits. He joined AquaBounty Technologies in 2017. His previous roles include chief marketing officer with Recombinetics, president of ViaGen, and executive vice-president of research and technology at RiceTec.

Dr. Marvier is a professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Previously she was a population ecologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Together with Aquarium President and CEO Dr. Peter Kareiva, Dr. Marvier is the author of Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature and Effective Conservation Science: Data Not Dogma.

The Aquarium has been presenting virtual lectures in its Guest Speaker Series throughout the year, featuring experts in topics related to the ocean, seafood, conservation, and more. The Guest Speaker Series is part of the Aquarium’s Online Academy, which offers free live and on-demand educational resources for both kids and adults.

This lecture will take place Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Aquarium of the Pacific’s website: aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/the_future_of_gmo_salmon/. Anyone can tune in for FREE, no RSVPs required

This article was released by the Aquarium of the Pacific.