Swiss salmon RAS firm signs deal with Benchmark Genetics
May 26, 2022 By Nestor Arellano
Swiss Lachs-Swiss Alpine Fish will be obtaining its supply of salmon ova for the next five years from Norwegian aquaculture genetics company Benchmark Genetics. Swiss Lachs operates a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in the municipality of Lastallo, Switzerland.
The company already imports six batches of ova each year from Benchmark Genetics.
The agreement furthers secures Swiss Lachs’ supply of ova for the next five years, according to press release. The deal also inlcudes technical support and knowledge transfer from Benchmark Genetics.
“The Swiss Lachs brand has a special position in the local market,” said Dr. Kuno Jung, general manager of Swiss Alpine Fish. “We are dependent on suppliers that understand our business and the need for continuity of supply, quality and biosecurity. Our long-standing collaboration with Benchmark has been one of the factors behind the successful growth of our business, and the signing of the agreement demonstrates our wish to continue developing the relationship.”
The eggs will be delivered from Benchmark’s new incubation centre in Vogar, Iceland, to be officially opened in August 2022.
“The Swiss Alpine Fish team are all very professional and experienced individuals within the Atlantic salmon land-based segment, making it a true pleasure working with them. Continuing our long-term partnership is a commitment from both parties to make the land-based segment success and face the main challenges together,” said Geir Olav Melingen, commercial director of Benchmark Genetics.
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