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The Face of Cod

The government has given a $3 million grant to Genome Atlantic to conduct genomic studies of atlantic cod.  This is the first part of a 4-year, $5.8 million project.  According to The New Brunswick Business Journal:

Early maturation results in a slower growth rate for the fish. That means a longer wait before harvesting, and a lower yield on the actual fillet.

By building on the results of their previous Broodstock project – which used genomics to identify the fastest growing, most disease and temperature resistant fish – researchers hope to avoid early maturation altogether. Using eggs from those elite fish, they’ll transition them into sterile eggs and then grow them to maturity.

I doubt this addresses Genome Canada’s concerns, but at least we won’t fall further behind Norway.

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