Breeding & Genetics
All farming starts with a choice of genetics
We offer a full range of technical genetic services required for large-scale breeding programmes. Our in-house team have extensive experience in selective breeding, including programme design, genetic evaluations, inbreeding control, specialised software aiding data recording and selective operations.
At the front line
We are deploying the expertise developed over 30 years of salmon selection to other aquaculture species. Our established breeding lines, access to extensive data sets and front line knowledge, gives us the unique ability to transfer genomic knowledge to different species. Producing robust and healthy fish.
In Iceland, our broodstock is reared in-house, in land-based facilities, which ensures outstanding biosecurity, enabling us to provide our customers with disease-free salmon ova. Our ability to supply these eggs outside of the natural salmon breeding season allows us to help optimise the salmon industry’s efficiency.
Our breeding strategy is innovation led, making use of modern breeding technologies such as QTL, Genomic Selection, CrossBreeding and Triploid and organic ova.
Benchmark’s salmon ova are distributed worldwide to customers in Europe, Canada and Chile.
Tilapia broodstock and fry
At our Spring Genetics land-based production site in Miami, the Spring-Tilapia® strain has been developed based on a selected family breeding program designed and supported technically by Akvaforsk Genetics Center (AFGC). We are one of only a few independent Tilapia breeding companies in the world, distributing the Spring-Tilapia® fingerlings and juveniles to grow-out farmers all over Latin America.
It is estimated that up to 40% of tropical shrimp production is lost annually to disease, causing major economic impacts to producers. Our world-leading, South American L. vannamei shrimp breeding programme produces shrimp with high levels of resistance to some of the major diseases affecting the shrimp industry worldwide.