Aquaculture North America


RAS sustainability: Fish and feed

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January 13, 2021

Jan. 13, 2021, 1pm EST/7pm CET

Recirculating aquaculture systems have been touted for the sustainability features of the technology. In this webinar, we go beyond the systems and focus on the species. Sustainability experts from Benchmark Genetics and BioMar will outline some key concepts from the genetics and feeds perspective, respectively. Plus, hear from an executive from a major RAS salmon producer about the company’s RAS journey and the role of sustainability in its business operations.

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The critical role of genetics in sustainable RAS production

Dr. Morten Rye, director of genetics, Benchmark Genetics
Dr. Morten Rye is the director of genetics at Benchmark Genetics, a global leader in the development of genetically improved stock for aquaculture industries worldwide. Benchmark Genetics runs state-of-the-art selection programs for salmonids in Norway, Iceland, and Chile, and marine shrimp (P. vannamei) and Nile tilapia in Colombia and the USA. Benchmark Genetics also provides advanced genetic services to external clients, several of which ranked among the world’s largest aquaculture producers within their respective species. Rye earned his Ph.D. in Animal Breeding from the Agricultural University of Norway in 1992 on salmon genetics, and he has co-authored more than 60 scientific publications on genetics and selection in aquaculture. He started his career in Akvaforsk in 1986, continued in Akvaforsk Genetics Center (AFGC) from 2000 until AFGC was acquired by Benchmark in 2015.

Vidar Gundersen, global sustainability director, BioMar Group
Vidar Gundersen started working in the fish feed industry after completing his MSc in Marine Biotechnology. In his previous role as a product manager, he implemented several product concepts and started building the company’s overall sustainability and smart feed concepts. After completing his MBA in marketing management and sustainability communication, he has since specialized in sustainability in the aquaculture industry, with a leading role in marketing, product strategies and business development within the BioMar Group.

Producer’s perspective: Nordic Aquafarms

Patrick Lorenzi, sales & marketing director, Nordic Aquafarms (Fredrikstad Seafoods)


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