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Chinese salmon farming sector set to grow

24 April 2020, at 8:52am

Stofnfiskur has recently completed the delivery of 400,000 salmon eggs to three customers in China - reflecting plans to expand the country's fledgling salmon farming sector.

The delivery from the Icelandic company, which is part of Benchmark Genetics, has reached one customer who is growing market-sized salmon in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS); one which is growing salmon up to 1 kg in a land-based flow-through unit, before transferring them to an offshore farm; while the third is growing salmon up to 10 g in land-based flow-through before transferring them to cages in a freshwater lake.

Boxes of salmon ova at Beijing airport
The ova reached Beijing within 24-hours, before being distributed to three salmon production facilities

© Benchmark Genetics

It is the second successful delivery made by Stofnfiskur to China since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consignment was sent from Reykjavik on April 16 and arrived safely in Beijing the following day. A quality check was made on arrival, and then the boxes were dispatched and further sent on domestic flights for delivery to three different customers.

"We are very pleased that the logistics so far have gone well," said Robert Rúnarsson, global sales manager at Benchmark Genetics. “It is a challenge to plan airline shipments these days due to the coronavirus crisis. Cancellations and changes of flights are made on short notice. Fortunately, there are still daily connections between Iceland and Europe, which make it possible to get our products exported to the global market.”

Robert Rúnarsson, global sales manager at Benchmark Genetics
Robert Rúnarsson, global sales manager at Benchmark Genetics

Stofnfiskur has many customers around the world and is the largest supplier of ova to the growing land-based aquaculture industry. These customers are very concerned about biosecurity, and the production model of Stofnfiskur gives confidence that they do not get unwanted pathogens into the RAS-systems through the eggs.

Stofnfiskur broodstock are kept in land-based facilities throughout their entire life cycle, and the water supplies come from deep boreholes that are entirely free of infectious pathogens. StofnFiskur recently renewed its OIE certificate and is thereby still the only foreign company that can deliver eggs to Chile.

“The aquaculture companies that run full-cycle land-based production also require deliveries every single month of the year, and we are proud to be able to fulfill their needs,” concludes Rúnarsson.