The National Conservation Council has approved a variance to the MRCU and Oxitec’s permit to import and distribute genetically modified mosquitos.
The variance will allow for the importation of an additional kilogram of the so-called “friendly” aedis aegypti eggs, but the total number of mosquitoes to be released in the West Bay project will not change.
The additional eggs were needed to make up for a batch that was delayed due to shipping problems caused by hurricane Matthew a couple of weeks ago. The MRCU, in its application for the variance, said those eggs were compromised and not providing the expected yield.
The council also approved the use of an existing building on-site at the MRCU facility to store adult GMO mosquitoes before they are released.