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New company Genética Spring S.A.S. to operate shrimp breeding program for L. vannamei

Benchmark Breeding & Genetics have formed a new company, Genética Spring S.A.S to be operating in Colombia, South America, to increase our presence and contribution to the sustainable development of aquaculture in the region, in particular the fast-growing shrimp industry.

As part of establishing Genética Spring, we have entered into a technology transfer agreement that brings in-house established aquaculture breeding programmes, buildings and assets and a team of world-renowned scientists who will be based in Punta Canoa, near Cartagena in Colombia. Completion of the transaction is conditional upon certain legal formalities and is expected to occur before the end of August.

The team, which has a long-standing relationship with Benchmark Breeding & Genetics through Akvaforsk Genetics, runs breeding programmes for the shrimp species, L. vannamei, the dominant species of global shrimp production. They also run programmes for the marine finfish species cobia and grouper. Their advanced shrimp selection programme has been particularly successful, and has bred populations with high level of resistance to certain of the major diseases affecting the shrimp industry worldwide.

This important acquisition strengthens Benchmarks’s unique package of products and services that together will drive growth, improve health and deliver performance in the aquaculture industry today.

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