Hendrix Genetics partners with Salmones Aysen to provide genetic and breeding support for their exclusive coho salmon strain in Chile. Hendrix Genetics will direct the breeding program and will integrate innovative technologies, such as genomic selection, to advance the quality and performance of the coho salmon strain. In addition, Hendrix Genetics will support broodstock and egg production management and will analyze data collected from breeding and processing.
Salmones Aysen is one of the largest coho salmon producers in Chile, with a reputation for quality production and premium branded products and this partnership will allow Salmones Aysen to tap into the expertise and resources of a global, multi-species breeding company. The result will be a combination of an advanced genetic program and operational practices to deliver high quality products for Chilean industry.
This partnership is a natural complement to Hendrix Genetics’ Atlantic salmon breeding and egg production operations in Chile. The Atlantic salmon operations serve a growing demand for eggs based on high health status, proven commercial performance, and year-round availability.
Pablo Baraona, managing director of Salmones Aysen said that “having established a solid production base in coho salmon over a number of years, we wanted to engage with the global leaders in animal and aquaculture genetics to take our business to new heights. We believe that Hendrix Genetics will help us to improve our production and outputs and facilitate our growth plans for the next ten years.”
Neil Manchester, Hendrix Genetics’ managing director of aquaculture states that “we are delighted to work with Salmones Aysen. Like Hendrix Genetics, Salmones Aysen is a family company with strong values and an entrepreneurial spirit, and we are convinced that this partnership will deliver significant results.”