How we work with Marine Harvest

We all expect aquaculture to produce the food we need for tomorrow. Benchmark Breeding & Genetics believes it can help the industry rise to this challenge by producing better performing animals with regards to growth, robustness and feed conversion, and at the same time ensure sustainability and animal health and welfare. Simplified, you can state that we know how to identify and select the purest, fittest animals and magnify their genetic strengths through carefully balanced selection.

Akvaforsk Genetics is literally working out of the cradle of global aquaculture and is at the heart of where the modern aquaculture industry originated. Here, midst of almost untouched mountains, valleys and rivers, is where people once lay the foundations of a thriving salmon industry – still a solid example of long-term successful entrepreneurship in aquaculture. 


Within the assembly of premium aquaculture players to which Akvaforsk Genetics provides its genetics services, Norwegian salmon producer Marine Harvest is a name that stands out. It is a brand that resonates the vision, scale and dedication to purity needed to set the tone in the industry. As Norway’s (indeed the world’s) leading Atlantic salmon producer, Marine Harvest is well known for taking the lead in many innovations and breakthroughs.

"Norway has been the cradle of modern aquaculture and a true pioneer in optimizing the selective breeding process. Petter Arnesen Breeding Director, Marine Harvest"

Next to new technologies such as offshore cage systems to increase coastal farming capacity, Marine Harvest recognizes genetic improvement as a critical strategic growth domain in the aquaculture industry.

“This is why – when it came down to the ‘make or buy’ decision – we decided to develop and deploy our own full-scale selective breeding program,” Says Petter Arnesen. 

Arnesen is confident that sustained efforts in broodstock management and selective breeding will reinforce Marine Harvest’s business. By producing faster growing and more robust animals throughout its operations, the company aims to increase production volumes, improve cost-efficiency and shorten its production lifecycles.

For more information about our cooperation with Marine Harvest, please open document “Care for Growth” 

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