The line of services provided by Benchmark Genetics is described as a three-step-model based on the broodstock management and establishment, support and development of breeding programs.
- Higher production efficiency
- Significant cost savings
- Improved animal welfare
The end result – a more sustainable aquaculture industry.
What you can expect from us
Our clients have access to our in-house tools for efficient recording of performance data (RecMunk), secure storage of data in our database, and advanced statistical models for analyzing phenotypic and genomic data.
When collaborating with us, you will experience our following strengths
- Long and extensive history (Akvaforsk Genetics Center)
- A large team of geneticists and scientists
- Operations of five In-house breeding programmes
- Long-term client relationships
- A part of Benchmark Holdings plc
- Continuous support – today and into the future
- The clients interest always comes first
Our history goes far back
Akvaforsk Genetics Center (AFGC) was established in 1999 as a spin-off from the Institute for Aquaculture Research (former Akvaforsk, now a part of Nofima). The mission is to develop and provide specialized genetic improvement services to the global aquaculture industries.
Akvaforsk were pioneers in the establishment of selective breeding programmes for Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout in Norway back in the 1970’. This represented a milestone in modern aquaculture. With the creation of AFGC in 1999, the expertise in aquaculture genetics was transferred into this unit and further developed. Applying the principles from Atlantic salmon has resulted in significant genetic improvements for many species worldwide, and many of our current clients have been with us for decades.