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SalmoBreed Scotland To Provide Salmon Eggs

by the Fish Site Editor
17 June 2011, at 1:00am

SCOTLAND - SalmoBreed has expanded its technologies into SalmoBreed Scotland Ltd. The new company promises to deliver 'tailor-made' salmon eggs which will be available to all Scottish salmon farmers.

SalmoBreed AS, which has been developing salmon selective breeding programmes in Norway since 1999, has over the years assembled a unique team of experts in genetics, fish health and fish husbandry, and now supplies around 20 per cent of the market for Atlantic salmon ova world-wide.

To satisfy the ever increasing demand for specialised ova that produce salmon to meet the needs of both farmers and processors, SalmoBreed AS has newly established SalmoBreed Scotland Limited, which will bring all the expertise of SalmoBreed's Norwegian operation to Scotland.

The Scottish salmon industry will now reap the benefits from all of the years of R&D through 'tailor-made' ova production on its doorstep.

SalmoBreed Scotland's freshwater stocks will be held in facilities operated by Howietoun, and will benefit from not only SalmoBreed staff's expertise but also the services of the University of Stirling's Institute of Aquaculture.

The new company will also operate closed containment broodstock facilities in Argyll. SalmoBreed Scotland will also be developing co-operative working arrangements with the major Scottish salmon farming companies in relation to selection and production of broodstock, as well as spawning and incubation facilities.

SalmoBreed Managing Director, OddGeir Oddsen, who is delighted with the new operation, said: "The industry here is well-placed for future expansion, and that means there is an increasing demand for high-quality eggs. Our track record in producing salmon eggs which are tailor-made for customers' requirements and our ability to offer both disease resistant strains and ones with favoured production characteristics will be at the service of the Scottish industry in due course.

We look forward to working with all the major salmon farming companies which operate here. We have had very, very positive feedback from all of them, and they have welcomed the launch of SalmoBreed Scotland," concluded Mr Oddsen.

The company aims to supply 40 50 per cent of the Scottish market for salmon eggs.

the Fish Site Editor

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