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Benchmark Breeding & Genetics takes over breeding program for shrimp L. Vannamei

Benchmark Breeding & Genetics has created a new company, Genética Spring S.A.S. in Colombia, South America, in order to increase our presence and contribution to the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry in the region, especially the rapidly growing shrimp industry.

As part of the creation of the Genética Spring, we have entered a technology transfer agreement which provides us established breeding programs, buildings and assets as well as a team of renowned scientists. The company will have its base in Punta Canoa, near Cartagena in Colombia. The completion of the transaction is subject to certain legal formalities that are expected to be in place at the end of August.

The team, which already has a long term relationship with Benchmark Breeeding & Genetics through Akvaforsk Genetics, operates a breeding program for the shrimp species L. Vannamei, the dominant species within the global shrimp industry. They have also established programs for marine fish species Cobia and Grouper. Their advanced breeding programs for shrimp have been particularly successful and have produced populations with a high degree of resistance to several of the most threatening diseases that currently affect the industry.

This important acquisition strengthens Benchmark’s unique range of products and services that together will contribute to increased growth, improved health conditions and better profits for the aquaculture industry.

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