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South-west Iceland is shaking – and maybe about to erupt

Important message from Benchmark Genetics Iceland's CEO, Jónas Jónasson

To whom it may concern and all our colleagues in Benchmark

As you have probably heard on the news we are experiencing earthquakes on the Reykjanes peninsula close to our land-based broodstock farms with a potential threat of a volcanic eruption. Until now none of our farms have been affected and daily work is just as usual.

Should there be changes in the event of an eruption we are told by the authorities that it will be far away from any villages and the risk of harm to people, buildings, water, and power supply is minimal.

Should this happen then Benchmark Genetics Iceland has made a contingency plan that will be initiated.

That will initiate the following:

  1. Evacuation of people according to the suggestion of our civil authorities
  2. Action is taken to secure the wellbeing of all our salmon eggs and fish. Continue daily work if there is no threat to personnel.
  3. In the event of failure of electricity, securing of enough oil for all our diesel generators
  4. Monitoring of the air- and water quality in the event of changes.

Finally, I choose to believe as I am told by the authorities that should there be an eruption on the peninsula it will probably be away from inhabited areas and history from this area tells us that it will be a small eruption that will produce lava but not ash that might last a week or two.

If you have any questions please respond to Benchmark Genetics Iceland’s CEO, Jónas Jónasson by e-mail at

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