The Lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) is feeding on the parasite that causes most of the current problems for the salmon industry. Living in a friendly symbiosis along with the salmon in the sea cages, this cleaner fish has become a very important tool in the fight against the parasite.
Since 2014, Benchmark Genetics has produced Lumpfish fingerlings in Iceland. Based on the previous experience of the company in marine species, the farming of lumpfish has been successful. It delivers 3 Million juveniles to the Faroes and Icelandic salmon farmers. Our lumpfish are robust, with a high tolerance for variable farming temperatures, high survival rates and an excellent appetite for sea lice.
Production is carried out at our dedicated lumpfish farm in Hafnir, Iceland. The farm, originally a fish processing plant and later a fish farm for various marine species such as Atlantic cod, Atlantic halibut and shrimp, has been rebuilt, modified and adapted to the needs of a lumpfish hatchery.
The transportation of lumpfish fingerlings from Iceland is carried out using specially designed marine shipping containers. For smaller batches, airfreight is the recommended means of transport.
To eliminate the risk of infectious diseases, wild broodstock is caught at sea and held in the quarantine station at Sandgerði, Reykjanes where the brood fish are individually screened for infectious bacteria and viruses before the eggs are taken into our farm in Hafnir.