AquaBounty Technologies Inc., a biotechnology company focused on enhancing productivity in the aquaculture market, announced the commencement of the commercial production of AquAdvantage salmon at the company’s facility in Albany, Ind., as well as the appointment of David F. Melbourne Jr. as chief commercial officer, effective June 17.
Melbourne joins AquaBounty from Bumble Bee Foods LLC, the largest branded seafood company in North America, where he served as senior vice president of consumer marketing, government and industry relations and corporate social responsibility.
AquaBounty chief executive officer Sylvia Wulf said, “With the first shipment of AquAdvantage Salmon eggs received at our Indiana facility last week, we have begun commercial production in the United States -- a world’s first. Having David join the company now is perfect timing, as we anticipate the first harvest from the Albany farm in the autumn of 2020. We are focused on successfully commercializing AquAdvantage Salmon and bringing its many benefits to consumers.”
AquAdvantage salmon is an Atlantic salmon that has been bioengineered to grow to market size in about half the time of a traditional farmed Atlantic salmon. It significantly improves the economics of producing salmon in land-based contained facilities, the company said.