News & Media


6 April 2021

RAS expert Andrew Cree Preston joins Benchmark Genetics

Benchmark Genetics announces the appointment of Andrew Cree Preston in the role of Global RAS Technical Manager. Preston, former Head of Aquaculture production and Operations at Aquamoaf Aquaculture Business, is one of the world’s most prominent experts within RAS-production of Atlantic salmon. In his new position, he will dedicate his time to customer service and sharing his operational, academic and […]

31 March 2021

INVE Aquaculture uncovers Artemia in a brand new knowledge hub

Specialist knowledge about aquaculture’s key live feed, Artemia, can now be found in one place online, without registration and free of charge. INVE Aquaculture, part of Benchmark, today launched a new web-based service dedicated to the sharing of information and expertise about the most widely used live feed in the aquaculture sector, Artemia. Now live at this hub is […]

25 March 2021

Benchmark women making a difference in aquaculture: Aga Jagiello-Johnstone

This month Marketing Manager for Benchmark Health, Aga Jagiello-Johnstone talks about how growing digitization in the workplace can be a game-changer for women, the positives that aquaculture brings to society and the economy, and how, as a perfectionist, she’s learnt that it’s sometimes okay to be ‘good enough’.  How did you come to work in the aquaculture industry? Pure luck. […]

10 March 2021

Introducing a Benchmark team – Benchmark Genetics Shrimp

‘We are thrilled to be part of the Benchmark team. Everybody is pushing themselves to be their best. Working for Benchmark has been nothing but a great experience for me and for everybody.’ – Bernardo Jaramillo, Site General Manager When Benchmark Genetics Shrimp started 2.5 years ago there were only 4 people working there. Having built up the facility from […]

25 February 2021

World Heritage Salmon secures long-term genetics agreement

World Heritage Salmon (WHS), which will produce Atlantic salmon in the discontinued olivine mines in Sunnylvsfjorden, Norway, has entered into a five-year contractual agreement with Benchmark Genetics (BG) for supplies of genetics adapted to land-based farming. The collaboration also includes a mutual exchange of expertise. WHS plans an annual production of up to 100,000 tonnes of salmon, which equals a […]

25 February 2021

Benchmark women making a difference in aquaculture: Zane Minzare

Since starting at Salmobreed Salten in 2018 Zane has worked her way up to Incubation Manager, taking on responsibility for the whole egg incubation centre. Zane tells us about how the aquaculture industry is very different to what she expected, and how her current role is pretty close to her dream job. How did you come to work in the […]

22 February 2021

Q1 Results: Positive start to the year with good trading and strategic progress across all business areas

Benchmark today announced its results for the 3 months ended 31 December 2020. Trond Williksen, CEO, commented: “We have had a positive start to 2021 with good trading, improved Q1 profitability and delivery against our strategic priorities in each of our three business areas. The benefits of operating as a streamlined, increasingly integrated aquaculture business are starting to be realised. […]

15 February 2021

Benchmark Genetics appoints new General Manager of its tilapia business

Hideyoshi Segovia-Uno has been promoted to General Manager at Spring Genetics, Benchmark Genetics USA’s tilapia business, with effect from 12.02.21  With more than 15 years of experience in tilapia production, processing and commercialisation in Latin America and the USA, Hideyoshi joined Spring Genetics in 2012. Hideyoshi has been carrying out different key activities, focusing especially on technical and commercial operations […]

15 February 2021

Benchmark Genetics Chile granted GLOBALG.A.P. certification

Benchmark Genetics Chile has recently been granted with the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard certification (Integrated Farm Assurance and Aquaculture Module version 5.2 and also GRASP) for its two production units in Ensenada and Curacalco. The GLOBALG.A.P. standard for Aquaculture establishes criteria for legal compliance, food safety, health and safety of workers, animal welfare, as well as environmental and ecological care, and sustainability […]

10 February 2021

Rudi Ripman Seim to take on a new strategic position in Benchmark Genetics

Rudi Ripman Seim has been promoted to Head of Production Norway & Global Fish Health, a newly established position in Benchmark Genetics as of 1st February 2021. Seim, who has been employed in the company since 2012, was previously Head of Fish Health. He has a Masters in Aquamedicine Biology from University of Bergen and a B.A. in Business Administration […]

5 February 2021

Are the happy prawns from Sirevåg the start of a new Norwegian farming adventure?

At a former shrimp packing plant by the harbor in Sirevåg, a new Norwegian farming adventure is evolving. The goal is to make L. Vannamei shrimp a delicacy product for high-end restaurants, and for discerning consumers in the retail market. From sunny Florida to cold Sirevåg Magnar Hansen, general manager and founder of the company Happy Prawns has woken early […]

28 January 2021

Benchmark Genetics Technical Director, Alan Tinch, joins SAIC Board

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre have today appointed three new members to their Board, including Alan Tinch, Benchmark Genetics Technical Director. Alan is joined by Alan Sutherland, marine director at the Scottish Salmon Company and Pieter van West, director of the International Centre for Aquaculture Research and Development at the University of Aberdeen. Alan Tinch is a specialist in advanced […]

25 January 2021

The first locally produced SagaChile ova is a reality

Benchmark Genetics Chile (BGCL) has succesfully concluded the first local egg production of its SagaChile strain in Chile, following Benchmark strategy to be present in the major salmon producing countries. “This successful initial local production of SagaChile ova represents a solid step forward in our plan to establish Benchmark Genetics as a quality option of locally produced ova in Chile. […]

25 January 2021

StofnFiskur rebrands to Benchmark Genetics Iceland

As of 19th of January 2021, StofnFiskur hf has changed its legal name to Benchmark Genetics Iceland hf as a step in the single-brand strategy of the Benchmark Holdings plc group. StofnFiskur still remains the brand to be used for the Atlantic salmon breeding programme and strain operated by the Icelandic company. New milestone in a long line of history […]