Biopiracy and aquatic genetic resources

It's hard to imagine aquatic resources parallels for the biopiracy examples described above. One might have occurred if Aqua Bounty had developed and patented the 'Super Salmon' after learning from indigenous people about the anti-freeze properties of the ocean pout, which were used to create the new strain. Even then, the company might have argued that the desirable characteristics of the pout were obvious to any observer. Traditional knowledge of aquatic biodiversity may be abundant but is...

Case Study 4 Chapter 4 Genetic improvement of farmed tilapia Lessons from the GIFT project

The International Center for Living Aquatic Resource Management ICLARM, now known as the World Fish Center works with farmers, scientists and policy makers to help the rural poor increase their income, preserve their environment and improve their lives through the sustainable use of aquatic resources. Tropical finfish currently account for about 90 per cent of global aquaculture production for food. Most species currently farmed are genetically very similar to wild, undomesticated stocks. For...