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Benchmark Genetics has signed agreement with Salmon Evolution

Benchmark Genetics has signed a seven-year agreement to exclusively supply Norwegian land-based salmon project Salmon Evolution with salmon eggs.

Salmon Evolution and Benchmark Genetics Norway have entered into an agreement on collaboration on genetics, ova, product deliveries and expertise development related to related to land-based salmon farming.

The salmon genetics will be optimized for land-based farming with an emphasis on growth, robustness and properties such as fat content, color and fillet quality. Salmon Evolution’s land-based plant will be Europe’s largest when completed, with a capacity of 36,000 metric tons. The first construction phase will have a capacity of 9,000 metric tons.

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"Were building up a sustainable industrial chain with a high level of biological performance from ova to harvest-ready fish." Håkon A Berg, CEO of Salmon Evolution

“Our collaboration with Benchmark Genetics will ensure a stable year-round supply of high-quality genetic products, and thereby a steady and predictable production of salmon to the highest quality standards.”, says Håkon A Berg, CEO of Salmon Evolution.

The seven years agreement, lasting from 2020 to 2027, makes Benchmark Genetics the main supplier of ova to Salmon Evolution during this period. The contract also includes collaboration on research and development projects for breeding and land-based aquaculture.

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Benchmark Genetics offers a broad range of technical genetic services for comprehensive and complex breeding programmes. It maintains three Atlantic salmon strains in Norway (Salmobreed), Iceland (StofnFiskur) and Chile (Benchmark Genetics Chile).

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"Were very pleased to have signed this agreement with Salmon Evolution, which confirms our strong position as a genetics supplier to land-based fish farming worldwide." Geir Olav Melingen, Commercial Director at Benchmark Genetics

“Last year, we opened SalmoBreed Salten, the most modern and advanced land-based broodstock facility in the world. Being designed to keep the nucleus of our broodstock on land throughout its life cycle, it provides the highest standard of biosecurity in the industry. Our production model gives full control of the breeding season and puts us in a position to deliver ova according to customer orders every week of the year. ”, says Geir Olav Melingen.

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Håkon A Berg, CEO of Salmon Evolution and Geir Olav Melingen, Commercial Director at Benchmark Genetics.

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