Salmon Broodstock

Benchmark is constantly seeking ways of producing more sustainably. We do this by taking care of the value of genetics and fish welfare. A large part of the production of broodstock has been moved to land for a more extended period of time and, in some cases, even its entire life cycle.

The Benchmark Genetics way

Benchmark is constantly seeking ways of producing more sustainably. We do this by taking care of the value of genetics and fish welfare. A large part of the production of broodstock has been moved to land for a more extended period of time and, in some cases, even its entire life cycle.

Semi-closed strategy

The so-called Semi-closed strategy means that the broodstock is transferred on land after just one year at sea, which reduces the biological risks significantly. Such an approach also allows for increased control of maturation and spawning time through advanced light and temperature regime. This results in a continuous production of ova, all year round.

Closed strategy

The closed strategy mean keeping the broodfish on land for the entire cycle — from egg to spawning. A significant part of Benchmark’s global production follows this process. The closed approach allows an introduction of light and temperature regimes, giving complete control of the fish’s maturation. In addition to delivering eggs yearly, this strategy also secures the highest levels of biosecurity, setting a whole new standard for the salmon industry.

Figure 1: The Benchmark Genetics broodstock strategies (semi-closed and closed systems) compared to the traditional method of producing broodstock in the sea.
Picture of Geir Olav Melingen, Commercial Director

I am proud to say that the term “Ova Season” no longer is in the vocabulary of Benchmark Genetics, meaning that our customers can source their eggs at any time of the year depending on their production planning.

Geir Olav Melingen, Commercial Director, Benchmark Genetics
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