Thursday's industry-shaking news that AquaBounty's AquAdvantage genetically modified salmon has earned US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval is the culmination of more than two decades of work by the Massachussets-based company and its executives.

Here are some key moments in the road to approval:

1989: GM salmon first developed at Memorial University of Newfoundland

1991: AquaBounty established as a company

1993: AquaBounty first seeks FDA approval for its trans-genic AquAdvantage salmon

2001: Norwegian salmon farmers back Greenpeace's efforts to stop AquaBounty's GM salmon research

2002: Washington State bans GM salmon from its waters

2004: AquaBounty seeks GM salmon approval in Canada

2010: Preliminary FDA analysis says AquaBounty salmon 'safe to eat'

2010: Ice cream giant Ben & Jerry's launches new ice cream flavor to protest GM salmon

2010: US Senators try to block FDA from approving AquAdvantage salmon

2012: Scientists, investors call on Obama to push FDA on GM approval process

2013: Aquabounty GM salmon production given go-ahead in Canada

2014: California bans GM salmon production in state

Nov. 19, 2015:FDA approves AquAdvantage salmon

Click here to read our full archival coverage of AquaBounty's quest to bring genetically modified salmon to the market.