Senate Democrat calls for vanquishing 'Frankenfish'

“Many call them ‘Frankenfish’ for good reasons: a monster that threatens our wild stocks and their habitat, our food safety and economic harm to Alaska wild-salmon fishermen,” Begich said.

The legislation would block the FDA from approving a proposal by a company called AquaBounty Technologies, which hopes to breed genetically altered fish with “increased growth rates, enhanced resistance to disease, better food-conversion rates [and] manageable breeding cycles,” according to its website.

If the FDA approves the proposal, Begich said he will introduce legislation requiring the fish to be labeled as genetically altered.