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Benchmark Genetics appoints new global RAS chief

April 12, 2021  By  Nestor Arellano

Andrew Preston (Image from Benchmark Genetics)

Aquaculture genetics company Benchmark Genetics has named an Atlantic salmon production expert as its new global technical manager for recirculating aquaculture system (RAS). Before joining the Iceland-based company, Andrew Cree Preston was head of aquaculture production and operations at Aquamoaf Aquaculture Technologies.

In his new role, Preston will focus on customer service and sharing his operational, academic and technical skills and experiences to help the customers succeed and reach their production targets, according to Benchmark.

Preston is an expert in numerous aquatic species, including Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Atlantic cod, and Ballan wrasse. During his academic career, he was involved in research projects with leading global aquaculture, nutrition, and pharmaceutical companies.


He holds a Ph.D. in Aquaculture from the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He has had several researcher positions, including a postdoctoral at the University of Stirling following his Ph.D.

Preston worked at Aquamoaf from 2017 until his move to Benchmark. His role in the company included leading research and development, heading the development of aquaculture production and operations, leading knowledge transfer, managing lean and process refinement.

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