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Ova arriving safely in China despite Corona logistic issues

Benchmark Genetics' Stofnfiskur, last week successful shipped Atlantic salmon ova out of Iceland for delivery to customers in China. This is the second delivery of ova to China after the Coronavirus crisis excelled in Europa in mid-March.

The consignment, consisting of almost 400.000 eggs, was sent from Reykjavik on April 16 and arrived safely in Beijing the following day. A quality check was made on arrival, and then the boxes were dispatched and further sent on domestic flights for delivery to three different customers. Two of the customers are operating land-based farms, and a third is cage-farming in a freshwater lake. All are regular customers of Benchmark Genetics. We are very pleased that the logistics so far have gone well.

"It is a challenge to plan airline shipments these days due to the Corona crisis. Cancellations and changes of the flights are made on short notice. Fortunately, there are still daily connections between Iceland and Europe that makes it possible to get our products further exported to the global market." says Robert Rúnarsson, Global Sales Manager of Benchmark Genetics

StofnFiskur has many customers around the world and is the largest supplier of ova to the growing land-based aquaculture industry. This type of the customer is very concerned about biosecurity, and the production model of StofnFiskur gives confidence that they do not get unwanted pathogens into the RAS-systems through the eggs.

In Iceland, broodfish are kept ashore throughout the entire life cycle, and the water supplies come from deep boreholes that are entirely free of infectious pathogens. The company’s closed compartments have been approved by MAST in Iceland according to the OIE standard and are the only ova producer in Europe to have achieved this. Recently StofnFiskur renewed the OIE certificate and is thereby still the only foreign company that can deliver eggs to Chile.

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StofnFiskur has successfully delivered high-quality products of Atlantic salmon ova to our customers in China, through Qingdao Trans-Ocean. These products are SalmoRAS 4+ and SalmoRAS4+ Triploid, where the fish are sterile and not able to mature.

"The aquaculture companies that run full-cycle land-based production also require deliveries every single month of the year, and we are proud to be able to fulfill their needs." concludes Robert Rúnarsson, Global Sales Manager of Benchmark Genetics

The ova reached Beijing within 24-hours, before being distributed to three salmon production facilities.

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"Looking ahead in the future, we expect huge demand for land-based farming in China. Though, I am not sure how the coronavirus will affect timing. Maybe a slight delay but it should start to increase by 2021-2022." says Geir Olav Melingen, Commercial Director, Benchmark Genetics
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