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StofnFiskur is ready for global salmon RAS expansion with Icelandic breeding program

StofnFiskur is leading the way with supply all-female eggs to land-based salmon farms and predicts the industry will ultimately be will ultimately be successful.

Stofnfiskur was founded in March 1991. Initially, the main emphasis was on breeding and selection for ocean ranching of Atlantic salmon.

Stofnfiskur´s production of high-quality Atlantic salmon eggs, fry, parr, and smolt is built on a unique selective breeding program. The products are developed by world-class specialists in genetics, in a disease-free environment not found anywhere else in the salmon farming areas of the world. At our salmon breeding unit, StofnFiskur began to work with the selective breeding program to supply year-round eggs to Chile with a high biosecurity status.

The learning process over seven generations of fish has given the company a first-mover advantage in the growth of the land-based salmon grow-out industry. The idea all-season delivery came from poultry, where this system was already well developed and proved that it could be done for Atlantic salmon.

Land-based farming requires breeding all-female eggs that are sex-reversed in a complicated process known as neomales. The all-female eggs significantly reduce early maturation that can affect growth. StofnFiskur has, in addition, worked on the triploidization of all-female eggs, a process that eliminates early maturation in full-cycle freshwater farming.

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“We can easily expand our production capacities especially in Iceland where we have cryopreservation,” StofnFiskur CEO Jonas Jonasson told Undercurrent. “We can choose specific broodstock that is ideal for land-based farming, we have big flexibility in our systems to have eggs at the right time, but also expand.”
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