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CAT provides services

From Consultation to Custom Plan Design & Implementation

The CAT breeding team offers expertise for development and management of selective breeding programs and support for collaborative research studies in a range of cultured aquatic species. Our breeding scientists work alongside you and your team to understand the details and objectives of your program, identify the key characteristics of the current population, select the right tools and design customized breeding strategies to achieve quantifiable genetic gains.

What we do

  • Selection indices and bio-economic modelling
  • Breeding program strategy and design
  • Parent assignment and pedigree reconstruction
  • Diversity, inbreeding and population structure assessment
  • Population management
  • Breeding value calculation and analyses (EBVs and GEBVs)
  • Marker-assisted selection (MAS)
  • Genomic selection
  • Benchmark genetic progress
  • Integration of genome editing

How we do it

  • Innovative and client-focused approach
  • On-site evaluation and support from world-class breeding scientists
  • Evaluation of the latest technologies and innovations
  • State-of-the-art genotyping laboratory, in-house genotyping and genome editing expertise
  • Integrated services across health, nutrition, and genotyping 


  • Genetic improvement
  • Tailored services to achieve your objectives
  • Flexible pricing and cost-effective solutions
  • Assistance with data collection, storage, and processing
  • Access to proven analytics and computational methods 
  • Reliable data that delivers results
  • Confidentiality and data security
  • Extensive experience in Genetics and Health, Nutrition for a diverse range of aquatic species

We work with

Producers to establish new - or evolve existing - breeding programs that deliver and accelerate commercial gains for important traits through genetic improvement of:

Emerging species

Established species

We provide solutions tailored to you.

For companies aiming to lay the foundation for a genetic improvement program, CAT offers a Genetic Overview analysis to measure the levels of diversity, inbreeding, relatedness, as well as genetic structure of the broodstock population. The data allows our breeding scientists to advise you on appropriate breeding strategies designed to meet your objectives. Their report includes suggested next steps, as well as methodologies and implementation approaches.

In addition to the foundational analyses, we offer consulting services and customized breeding plan design to companies that want to improve productivity and gain insights into the genetic architecture of their broodstock. CAT has an expansive library of genotyping tools and the ability to develop custom panels to allow the population assessment and the creation of a customized breeding strategy to address your breeding objectives within your operational capabilities.

Our world-class expertise and technologies allow us to take cutting-edge breeding approaches. To producers who possess historical data and a solid knowledge of how their population is structured, we deliver next-generation sequencing tools, genomic selection, and genome-wide association studies that accelerate genetic improvement. We are pioneers in genome editing for aquaculture and offer this technology to promote innovation in new-age genetic improvement strategies.

Fish breeding program


  • Disease Resistance
  • Growth
  • Survivability
  • Yield
  • Reproduction
  • Environmental Tolerance
  • Product Quality
  • Sustainability

Many aquaculture producers hesitate to implement a genetic improvement program because the process is perceived to be costly and complex. CAT offers a range of cost-effective solutions for programs at any level - from genetic overview (GO) analysis and custom tool development to genomic selection and genome editing. We are experts in genetic improvement for aquatic species and are committed to providing services tailored to your individual needs - that deliver value for your business.

Our Process

We are experts in creating new breeding programs and accelerating existing breeding programs at any stage or size.

Initial Consultation

We learn about your operation objectives and goals.


We select or develop tools tailored to your needs.

Resource Assessment

We evaluate your approach to provide actionable insights

Custom Plan Development

We analyze data and develop a tailored breeding plan.

Implementation & Support

We lead you through every step of the process.


We can work with any aquatic species or aquaculture-adjacent species (e.g. Soldier Flies). We are happy to help with all established commercial species, as well as research and develop programs for novel species.

Breeding programs offer the ability to identify desired characteristics and carry out breeding efficiently to help amplify these characteristics in future generations.  This results in tangible efficiency and economic gains.

Our expert breeding team will work with you to ensure that new strategies are seamlessly implemented, minimizing the disruption of your operations. From specialized breeding strategies to flexible collaboration with you and your staff, our goal is to help you maximize economic gains.

Yes, we endeavor to understand your system, goals, and budget.  From there we can work with you to tailor service delivery to suit your needs. 

Typically, measurable results can be seen within 2-3 generations. 

Yes, but only when their use will benefit you. Not every breeding program will require the use of these tools.  We will discuss your needs with you and determine if their application is appropriate in your situation. 

Since our services can be tailored to your needs, the cost will vary from client to client. We offer competitive rates for all types of breeding services and will work with you to develop a program that suits your needs and your budget. 

Our services are designed specifically for aquaculture, and our approach is client focused. Our breeding team is comprised of some of the top aquaculture and aquatic genetic scientists with extensive experience in designing and delivering successful breeding programs. We have more than 20 breeding programs under active management and have worked with over 35 species. Our company offers fully integrated services in healthnutrition, genotyping and genome editing for aquatic species to add value to your projects and optimize timelines by eliminating your need to work with multiple companies or laboratories.