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Benchmark wins Aqua Nor Innovation Award

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Benchmark is delighted to announce that it has won the prestigious AquaNor Innovation Award 2019 for CleanTreat, a new water purification system that removes medicines from treatment water before releasing purified water back into the sea.

CleanTreat is designed to reduce the environmental impact of chemical based bath treatments and to date the system has purified more than 300,000m3 of treatment water in Norway.

Commenting on the award, Neil Robertson, Benchmark’s head of CleanTreat said: “The award has recognised innovative products and solutions for more than two decades and is well-known across the industry. We are honoured to have recieved this award”.

"It is recognition of the ingenuity and hard work that the team has put in to develop this ground-breaking system for the sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry”.

As well as the medicine, the system also removes organic material from the treatment water including sea lice, egg strings, fish scales and faecal matter, which is an essential step in combating parasitic resistance to medicines.

Benchmark’s ongoing in-house research at its aquaculture research unit has demonstrated that CleanTreat is effective at removing a number of medicines from both sea and freshwater. Enabling all pharmaceutical companies to bring new medicines to market and setting a new standard in environmental care - minimising the environmental risk associated to chemical treatments for the control of sea lice.

“We anticipate CleanTreat being used more widely in future and are ready to begin work with others wishing to process their new medicines through the system,” adds Robertson.

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