High survival and fast growth.
A world-leading breeding program for Penaeus vannamei.
From its modern and biosecure Elite Multiplication Centre in Fellsmere, FL, USA, Benchmark Genetics Shrimp develops and globally distributes genetically improved, high performing SPR/SPF Shrimp strains with improved health and efficiency adapted to modern farming conditions.
Using a combination of the most advanced genomic methods and conventional genetics, our program aims to identify the individuals that are genetically faster growing and more resistant to disease. These individuals are used as parents in each new generation to improve the nucleus population and broodstock which better meet the needs and expectations of our customers.
Our selective breeding program is the world’s most scientifically documented genetic improvement program for P. Vannamei shrimp, with an emphasis on developing populations of breeders with high level of resistance to certain of the major diseases affecting the shrimp industry worldwide, such as WSSV and AHPND.
Our stocks have a broad genetic base originating from multiple geographical sources, wild and domesticated, to which we refer to as ‘The Gene Supermarket’.
This genetic base, sourced from breeders in Colombia, Hawaii, and Venezuela, and from the wild populations in Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panamá, and Peru amongst others, increases the diversity of and provides our team of geneticists with multiple options and a wider range of selection for breeding.
There are important interactions between Genetics and Environment. The best animals for one environment – or management practices – are not necessarily the best for another.
Through continuous collaborative work with our partners and clients to develop and deliver lines with the best adaptability to their environmental conditions, we produce specialized lines specially adapted to thrive in specific environments, like low salinity, and balanced lines which combine the best of improved growth with robustness and disease resistance.
As the core of the breeding program, biosecurity is the main priority in all our operations. Our strains are SPF certified by the University of Arizona (UAZ); health surveillance status conducted with chain of custody of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited veterinarian.
All our strains are SPR for TSV, IHHNV, NHP, and our BMK_Protect strain is also resistant to WSSV and AHPND. Aligned with Benchmark’s to animal welfare, none of the facilities we operate use eyestalk ablation.
Our sites in the Americas are safely isolated from other aquaculture productions, have only one biosecure entrance and their perimeters are securely fenced. Entrance is restricted, and rigorous sanitary routines are carried out daily in order to keep and ensure our strict levels of biosecurity.
Our strategy in China
Our worldwide long-term strategy is set to provide our customers with optimal consistency, profitability and overall sustainability through our combined offer of reliable products, support and technical service solutions.
BMK Yield, Our balanced growth line, selected for fast growth and high survival, enables our clients, the hatcheries, to achieve high production efficiency with top quality PL going into the farms of their clients. BMK Yield, an easy-to-handle breed with a high-stress tolerance, delivers hatcheries and farms predictable & consistent results between seasons, making it a good choice for most environments and production systems year-round.
Our ambition is to deliver the best customer experience in the aquatic breeding industry and to build long-lasting relationships with our clients. As a Benchmark Genetics’ customer, we will provide you with an experience that goes beyond placing an order and receiving a shipment of products.
People make a difference
Our commercial teams consist of experienced and skilled employees. All with academic and working experiences from the different stages in the aquatic value chain. They are working hard every day to provide support and service to existing customers as well as attending to enquiries.
The Benchmark Genetics service concept
To ensure that we live up to our ambitions and your needs, we have established The Benchmark Genetics Service Concept for all species, covering three steps: Pre-delivery, At delivery and Post-delivery.
For more information and enquiries, please contact our local team