Set­ting the Bench­mark for salmon

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / NEWS -

Biotech firm Bench­mark Hold­ings, which de­vel­ops vac­cines to keep fish healthy rather than us­ing an­tibi­otics to treat dis­ease, is to start pro­duc­ing salmon eggs at its new land based breed­ing fa­cil­ity in Nor­way.

The Sh­effield-based firm said the new fa­cil­ity will in­crease Bench­mark’s in-house ca­pac­ity by 75 per cent. Global de­mand for salmon has grown by 6-7 per cent a year and is ex­pected to in­crease sub­stan­tially over the next decade.

Bench­mark said its new Sal­ten fa­cil­ity has been built to the high­est stan­dards of technology and biose­cu­rity, and will be the most mod­ern salmon egg pro­duc­tion site in the world.

The in­creased ca­pac­ity will al­low Bench­mark to sup­ply the global mar­ket with biose­cure eggs year­round.

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