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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 […]

21 January 2021

Jan Rune Nordhagen joins Benchmark Animal Health as Senior Commercial Manager in Norway

Jan Rune will lead the commercial launch of Benchmark’s novel sea lice control medicine, BMK08 and award-winning water purification system, CleanTreat®.

21 January 2021

Benchmark women making a difference in aquaculture: Birgitte Sørheim

Benchmark Genetics Marketing Director Birgitte Sørheim discusses why aquaculture is a much more attractive industry for women than it used to be, what diversity means to her, and why she wants to see more female CEO's in aquaculture. 

6 January 2021

Benchmark Genetics appoints Brede Fannemel as Aquaculture Engineer

Brede had been an intern at Benchmark Genetics for two years, since October 2018. He holds a master’s degree in Aquaculture and seafood from the University of Bergen

17 December 2020

Benchmark women making a difference in aquaculture: Barbara Hostins

This month Barbara Hostins, Aquaculture Researcher in our Advanced Nutrition business area, talks about the shift in mindset needed to attract more women to the industry, who inspires her at work, and her belief in the value of clear communication.

10 December 2020

Benchmark Genetics preparing for digital transformation

Sophisticated digital technology has made its way into the aquaculture industry. To stay in the forefront of this development, Benchmark Genetics has appointed Bara Gunnlaugsdottir in the position as Head of Digital Technologies. In her new role, she will be driving the digital strategy and innovation programs of the business area, including the responsibility for all strategic management systems within […]

1 December 2020

SagaChile: New strain of salmon ova with a pedigree of excellence

In 2021, Benchmark Genetics Chile will begin to market its new strain, SagaChile. SagaChile is adjusted to the local market and is a well-known name in the country. Showing evidence of the importance that Chile represents within Benchmark Genetics’ plans, the company has focused numerous efforts on the development of a new variety of eggs, generated locally, that respond to […]

30 November 2020

Benchmark celebrates 20 years

Benchmark, the aquaculture biotechnology company, today celebrates its 20th birthday. The Company was created two decades ago as the product of a common vision – to make animal food production more sustainable. The Company’s founders were concerned with big issues facing animal food production including antimicrobial resistance, animal health and welfare, environmental impact and food safety. So, in 2000 Benchmark […]

27 November 2020

Full Year Results 2020: A year of transformation and achievements

Benchmark today announced its full year results for the year ended 30 September 2020.  Full announcement can be read here Peter George, Chairman, commented: “2020 was a transformational year for Benchmark. With the restructuring complete, we now have a streamlined Group focused on the three core aquaculture areas of Genetics, Advanced Nutrition and Health, each with substantial growth opportunities and […]

26 November 2020

As part of our series on ‘Benchmark women making a difference in Aquaculture’ we talk to Senior Quality Manager, Silje Sveen

In the second of our series of interviews with women leading the way in aquaculture, Senior Quality Manager Silje Sveen tells us about all of her different hats at Benchmark, the strong women in her family who influenced her career in aquaculture and how she maintains a good work/life balance.

26 November 2020

Benchmark Genetics is using DNA tools to produce resistant shrimp

Breeding disease resistant populations is an attractive potential addition to disease management as it could greatly reduce the need for complex sanitary measures that frequently involve the use of toxic products.