YONATHAN ZOHAR, CHAIR OF MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY
Yonathan Zohar, chair of the Department of Marine Biotechnology, has been near the center of national debate about whether salmon that have been genetically engineered to grow faster than their wild cousins should be served in U.S. homes and restaurants.
Testifying before a Food and Drug Administration panel September 20, Zohar recommended further study before the new technology is approved, but also highlighted the need for sustainable aquaculture practices to protect wild fisheries.
Video of his testimony (which begins at approximately 0:49) can be seen here.
Zohar also wrote an op-ed, which was published by CNN on September 22, arguing that “like any other animal or plant crop, fish and seafood must be produced through farming — or aquaculture — and the wild stocks should be protected so they can recover.”
The full text of his op-ed can be found here.