About us

Delivering continuous genetics improvements to aquaculture worldwide

Benchmark Genetics is a leader in aquaculture genetics, present in every major aquaculture market and for a wide range of species. Our five in-house breeding programmes are focusing on three main species: salmon, shrimp and tilapia.

We are the leading provider of genetics services based on extensive experience from 30 applied breeding programs involving 20 species in 16 countries.

Benchmark Genetics brings together the companies Benchmark Genetics Norway AS, Benchmark Genetics Iceland H.F., Benchmark Genetics Chile, Spring Genetics and Benchmark Genetics Shrimp.

Our breeding centres are located in Norway, Iceland, Chile, the USA, Brazil and Colombia.

Our strategy is innovation-led, making use of modern breeding technologies such as QTL and Genomic Selection. Although technology is an important foundation of what we do, we believe in being customer-focused. Long-standing collaborations and partnerships with leading aquaculture businesses are just as important when working on genetic improvements and developing new products and services.

We also believe in technical support to ensure that our customers are able to take out the potential of our genetics. Our sales teams have several technical specialists covering the three focus species as well as different production systems including RAS.

Benchmark Genetics belongs to the listed British group Benchmark Holdings plc.

Benchmark Genetics at a glance

Customers in more than 50 countries

Commercial and R&D operations in 11 countries

Large scale production in 7 countries

Employing 240 people world wide

Milestones

Founded in 2000, Benchmark has been built through organic innovation and strategic acquisitions. In 2013, we listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

StofnFiskur rebrands to Benchmark Genetics Iceland HF

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 remains the brand to be used for the Atlantic salmon breeding programme and strain operated by the Icelandic company

Jonas Jonasson, CEO of Benchmark Genetics Iceland

The first locally produced SagaChile ova is a reality

Benchmark Genetics Chile successfully concludes the first local egg production of its SagaChile strain in Chile, following Benchmark strategy to be present in the major salmon producing countries. Our objective is to further improve the capacities at our facilities and continue producing a tailor-made, fully adapted range of products at the highest level of biosecurity.

Genomic Selection for improved resistance to WSSV on shrimp

Benchmark Genetics successfully launches Genomic Selection (GS) for improved resistance to White spot syndrome virus (WSSV)

SalmoBreed AS and Akvaforsk Genetics Center AS become Benchmark Genetics Norway AS

Benchmark owned Akvaforsk Genetics Center AS, and SalmoBreed AS have merged to establish Benchmark Genetics Norway AS, with headquarters in Bergen. The combined organization will further strengthen Benchmark’s offering to deliver sustained genetic improvements and support aquaculture producers to increase quality, yield, health, and welfare. The merged company has 36 employees, of which more than 20 hold a PhD or master’s degree.

Genes

Innovation

By combining our long-established breeding programs and the latest genomic tools, we help aquaculture producers increase quality, yield, health, and animal welfare.

Samling tubes

Biosecurity

Our skilled professionals are evaluating every single detail in terms of probability of occurrence and their consequences. To reduce risk, we have implemented risk assessment followed by action plans and are continuously working to prevent specific events from happening.

Sustainability

Our sustainability strategy is aligned to address the risks and opportunities in nine ESG factors, all of which are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Office team Iceland

People

The wellbeing of our employees is of the utmost importance to us. We offer various programs to support physical, mental and social wellbeing of our employees.

Service & Support

Our ambition is to deliver the best customer experience in the aquatic breeding industry and to build long-lasting relationships with our clients.

Salmon swimming in the water

Benchmark PLC

Benchmark brings together biology and technology to enable food producers to improve their sustainability and profitability.

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