SCOTTISH genetics company Xelect has won a contract to provide its services to leading Croatian sea bass and bream producer, Cromaris.
St Andrews based Xelect will deliver a complete package of genetic management to the farmer’s selective breeding programme.
The Cromaris fish are bred at a state-of-the-art hatchery in Nin, Croatia, and are, says the company, recognisable for their superior quality.
The partnership with Xelect will allow Cromaris to take advantage of the latest technologies in selective breeding to ensure its product continues to excel in the European market.
Professor Ian Johnston, CEO of Xelect, said: ‘Xelect looks forward to developing a long-term partnership with one of Europe’s most progressive producers of sea bass and seabream.’
Operations director Dr Tom Ashton said: ‘We are delighted to be working together with Cromaris, providing them with expert genetic services. The Cromaris company values of excellence and quality are a good fit with our own.’
Cromaris welcomed the partnership, with production manager Dane Desnica saying it would help the company to ‘further growth in quality and performance’.
Hatcehry manager Lana Vidovic added: ‘We are very excited to establish a long-term broodstock breeding programme that will enable us to produce high quality fry. We feel that collaboration with Xelect is the right way to reach those goals.’