I saw this online as well. Very interesting and perhaps even more controversial. Regardless of HOW the fish got to be that large, (extra chromosomes or not) the kid still had to be able to catch it, and that he did.
However, In my opinion, this is not a world record rainbow because it is not a purebred natural rainbow. The catch is science, and not nature. That is not to discredit the man's catch by any means. If I were in his position and caught that fish, I would be ecstatic, but I would not call it the world record myself. Biggest rainbow, yes, but by what means?
So here's the solution, list that genetically altered species as a separate category, so the purists can value their catches, and the scientists theirs.
This is why there are general rules for world record catches (which apparently is out of date). Take for example the latest bass pulled out of Japan which is suspected to have come out of a posted section of the lake. If the fish is illegally caught, it is not a world record. But is it not still the largest bass ever caught?
Rules are written by man.
This then leads to another issue that has been everlasting in our country and that is transplantation. This I do not object to, as long as it is properly executed by professional officers and does not entirely disturb the eco-system.
Take the example of the bass. This issue of transplantation, or introducing species to foreign waters, resolves itself in the fact that their are different strains of bass. Bass records then, most commonly of California, Texas, and Florida are taken with a grain of salt. We know that they are the southern strain of bass (the largest type) and we take it for what it's worth. That is also why there are not ONLY species records, but state records, and records of individual watersheds as well.
The World record largemouth is the world record largemouth. It is a natural species, even if tossed in a pool of warmer water (Cali-water). If it does much better in that water, good for Mr. Bass, and even better for the guy that catches him. Nothing was scientifically engineered or altered. It was simply nudging along a natural species.
I digressed-- going back to the farm rainbows, these fish are sterile. (In fact it is the energy that would be applied to reproduction that is shifted to its growth rate). That means that the ones that escaped from the farm years ago have a limited span of existence in that body of water. After that population passes, so does the opportunity to catch such genetically engineered fish, and all will be back to normal, likely never to break the records of those two brothers.
I'll leave you here to ponder.
- Twas on the Fifth day that the fish and fowl were created.
- On the Sixth day He made man in His image and let him have dominion over the fish of the sea, and the fowl of the air.
- On the Seventh day the Lord rested, and I picked up my rod and gun.