For over 20 years, Benchmark has been pioneering sustainable solutions for aquaculture production to help safeguard our world’s food supply and support a growing population.
Aquaculture plays a crucial role in global food security. To feed a human population expected to reach almost ten billion people by 2050, aquaculture needs to grow sustainably and do its part in helping to preserve and protect the planet’s resources.
Rise in global aquaculture production from 1990 to 2018
Rise in total food fish consumption from 1990 to 2018
Source FAO, 2020
Benchmark’s mission is to drive sustainability in aquaculture by delivering products and solutions that improve yield, quality, and animal health and welfare for aquaculture producers. We are committed to contributing towards a future that meets the need for an ethical, sustainable and nutritious source of animal protein in fish and shrimp.
We focus on three complementary business areas – genetics, advanced nutrition and health – that are critical to the productivity and sustainability across the production cycle.
Genetics is the very starting point of aquaculture’s production chain. Good genetics have a material impact on efficiency, incidence of disease and survivability – thus improving sustainability across the value chain, from egg to plate.
We apply the latest genomic tools in our salmon, shrimp and tilapia breeding programmes to deliver genetic traits that drive growth quality and disease resistance. These are vital to allow for less resources to be used for more nutritious and healthy animal protein, creating a more efficient and environmentally-favourable production cycle.
Early stage nutrition plays a critical role in the development of fish and shrimp up until the time of harvest. By supporting a healthy development of fish, we contribute to longevity and quality, which are key elements of a sustainable aquaculture industry.
Together with our innovative solutions and expert technical support, we enable our customers to optimise their production. Our focus on the early stages of the aquaculture cycle compounds the positive impact of our solutions by influencing growth and health in the later stages.
Sea lice is one of the biggest sustainability challenges in salmon farming, affecting yield and animal welfare whilst constraining growth. By tackling this challenge, we are allowing the industry’s benefits to reach a wider population.
By addressing one of the biggest sustainability challenges in salmon production, our breakthrough solutions Ectosan® Vet and CleanTreat®, which add to Salmosan® Vet, mean that we are contributing towards a more predictable and capable global food supply chain. Ectosan® Vet and CleanTreat® is highly efficacious, has an environmental profile and improves animal welfare.