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DNA testing helps protect wild salmon from illegal fishing

You're looking at a salmon on a fishmonger's slab. How can you tell whether it is a wild salmon or a farmed fish?

Until recently the answer was – ‘almost impossible’ - until, of course, you eat it and the superior quality of the wild salmon becomes apparent.

Now, thanks to pioneering research at Exeter University, it is possible to distinguish between wild and farmed fish by examining their DNA. This important scientific breakthrough will make it easier for the Environment Agency to detect a wild salmon being dishonestly ‘passed off’ as a farmed fish.

Read more at the Environment Agency website...


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