Past Aquaculture Issues

Issue Summaries for the 112th Congress

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H.R. 520/ S. 229, Amends the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to Require Labeling of Genetically-Engineered Fish
This legislation amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem a food to be misbranded if it contains genetically-engineered fish unless the food bears a label stating that it contains genetically-engineered fish.

Status: H.R. 520 introduced 2/08/11, referred to Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health. S. 229 introduced 1/31/11, referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
AVMA Position: Nonsupport
Primary Contact: Dr. Ashley Morgan


This legislation amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem genetically-engineered fish to be unsafe under provisions related to new animal drugs and adulterated food.
Status: H.R. 521 introduced 2/15/11, referred to Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health. S. 230 introduced 1/31/11, referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
AVMA Position: Nonsupport
Primary Contact: Dr. Ashley Morgan

 H.R. 2373, National Sustainable Offshore Aquaculture of 2011 This bill would establish a regulatory system for sustainable offshore aquaculture in the United States exclusive economic zone; authorized the Secretary of Commerce to determine appropriate locations for, permit, regulate, monitor, and enforce offshore aquaculture in the exclusive economic zone; requires the Secretary of Commerce to issue regulations for permitting of offshore aquaculture in the exclusive economic zone that prevent impacts on marine ecosystem and fisheries or minimize such impacts to the extent that they cannot be avoided; establishes a research program to guide the precautionary development of offshore aquaculture in the exclusive economic zone that ensures ecological sustainability and compatibility with healthy, functional ecosystems.
Status: H.R. 2373 was introduced 6/24/11 and referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs.
AVMA Position: Nonsupport 
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller

This legislation is purported to prevent the escapement of genetically altered salmon by prohibiting the sale of genetically altered salmon.  The legislation would make it unlawful for a person to (1) ship, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase genetically altered salmon or other marine fish, or a product containing genetically altered salmon or other marine fish, in interstate or foreign commerce; or (2) have custody, control, or possession of, with the intent to ship, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase genetically altered salmon or other marine fish, or a product containing genetically altered salmon or other marine fish, in interstate or foreign commerce.
Status: S. 1717 was introduced 10/17/11 and referred to Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.  
AVMA Position: Nonsupport 
Primary Contact: Dr. Ashley Morgan