Benchmark Genetics Norway AS

SalmoBreed AS head office is located in Norway’s seafood capital, Bergen. Here we are close to several major fish farming research centres and part of our customers also have their headquarters in Bergen.

Our managing director, Jan-Emil, works from our head office and in addition our R & D and fish health department are here. Our Sales and Marketing Manager, Thoralf, also has his office days here.

Benchmark Genetics has its marketing department also shared with SalmoBreed in Bergen.


Benchmark Genetics Norway AS, department Lønningdal Breeding Centre

SalmoBreed bought the plant in Lønningdal in 2015. It has previously been used as a research station for fish feed. The plant is undergoing major changes and is being adapted to meet SalmoBreed’s needs for a future-oriented breeding station.

The breeding station in Lønningdal will act as a base for the production of all the 350 families of our breeding core.

Every year, roe from each family will be sent from producers to Lønningdal. Here roe is incubated into separate units and kept after hatching in separate tanks until they are big enough to be pit marked. It is kept in Lønningdal until it is between 30 and 50 grams. Then the fish is sent to manufacturers and they become the next generation broodstock.

All inland production is done in Lønningdal and we have good control on bio safety. RAS?

Lønningdal breeding station will be fully developed in 2017.

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SalmoBreed Salten AS

SalmoBreed Salten was officially opened 22nd of May 2019 as the world’s most advanced land-based facility for production of broodstock and ova. A large part of the broodstock have been kept their whole lives in tanks on land, giving us full control over all environmental parameters and allows delivery og ova every week of the year. The plant holds the highest levels of biosecurity in the industry and is divided into 5 separate sanitary zones to ensure hygiene.

SalmoBreed Salten is located in Sørfjorden in the Sørfold Municipality. The company was founded in 2015 and is owned 75% by SalmoBreed AS and 25% by Salten Stamfisk AS. The first halls were completed in 2017 and broodstock was introduced to the tanks in November. The site was completed in 2018 and the first stripping of broodstock took place last week of October. SalmoBreed Salten is fully operational from May 2019.

The plant is constructed with a capacity to deliver 150 million ova per year. With 8000 m3 tank volume in halls with light and temperature control, it is possible to deliver ova every week of the year. Installation of more than 3000 small cylinders allow for single incubation. In addition, the plant has equipment and expertise to produce triploid ova.

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Bolaks Stamfisk

Our roe vendor Bolaks has produced salmon roe since 1975. From 1990 it is the plant in Lygrepollen that has been the broodstock station. Today the capacity is approximately 150 million roe per year.

The plant in 1994/95 was upgraded with a new production building. The equipment used nowdays is the state of the art.

There are 12 employees in Lygrepollen. 4 are working full time and four part time on the land base. In addition, there are 4 people that help on sea water sites out of the season. The employees are recruited locally and there is good stability in work group. The employees acquired good experience and competence with brood stock and production of roe at the facility.

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Erfjord Stamfisk

Erfjord Stamfisk was established in 1987 and was one of the holding companies when SalmoBreed was founded.

Erfjord Stamfisk produces brood stock in three localions: in Erfjord, Hylsfjord and by Foldøy. All these facilities are located in Rogaland county.

In Kilavågen, Suldal Municipality is located a land base where the fish is caught in fresh water until spawning and where roe are incubated until dispatch to customers. There are 9 permanent employees, who are responsible for the operation in Erfjord Stamfisk. Every year approximately 15,000 brood stock are collected, and this figure will increase when production of CrossBreed roe starts.

Erfjord produces in an area where there is very little disease problems. With brood stock production at four different locations, Erfjord is well safeguarded with backup fish if something should happen to fish that are scheduled to production.

   In recent years significant sums of money have been invested for safeguarding roe and brood stock production. New generators have been installed, with possibility for recycling water. In addition, new heating and cooling equipment and heat exchangers. In addition, the facility has new and modern alarm system that warns if anything happens in the production.

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Benchmark Genetics Cryolab

In collaboration with Labora in Bodø, Benchmark has established a laboratory for freezing and storage of milt. Doing so, we can control the time of fertilization, independent of the biological spawning time of the best breeding candidates. The method also allows us to use milt of the same male for several deliveries and thereby allows us to optimize usage of the best male broods. It is also a security measurement appreciated by our customers, as we still will be having high-quality milt available if a critical incident should happen with our broodfish.

Cryopreservation is a technology that makes it possible to freeze and store living cells like sperm and embryo over longer periods in Biobanks with a temperature of -196 oC. The cells will still be alive and well functioning after thawing and may be used for fertilization. The technology is widely used within breeding, medical science and disease treatments.

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