Pablo Mazo has joined Benchmark from Chilean salmon farmer Ventisqueros. Photo: Benchmark Genetics.

Mazo takes ova at Benchmark Genetics Chile

A new general manager has begun work at salmon egg supplier Benchmark Genetics Chile.

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Pablo Mazo joined the company, a division of UK-based Benchmark Holdings, from a technical team manager position at Chilean salmon company Ventisqueros.

He has held several managment roles leading technical departments in different salmon farming companies as well as at the technical department of the Chilean Salmon Farmers’ Association (Intesal of SalmonChile).

Freshwater team

Mazo was also part of the freshwater team at AquaChile, now Chile’s biggest salmon farmer, where he gained considerable experience in genetics and breeding, smolt production and planning. He has a Fisheries Engineering degree from the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, and an MSc in Aquaculture from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NBMU).

He is a proficient English speaker, allowing him to work closely with Benchmark Genetics’ sister companies in Norway (SalmoBreed) and Iceland (StofnFiskur).

‘A key resource’

“We are very pleased to have Pablo joining our team. His wide knowledge of the Chilean salmon industry, professionalism and commitment, together with his experience leading people make Pablo a key resource for the further development of Benchmark Genetics Chile’s productive and commercial plans,” said Jan-Emil Johannessen, head of genetics at Benchmark.

Benchmark Genetics Chile currently supplies ova from sister company StofnFiskur, the only company in the world granted import permission of salmon eggs to Chile. Benchmark’s first batches of Chilean eggs from a totally locally produced strain will be available for deliveries from the first quarter of 2021.