Gulf Marine Protein



Mission Statement

Efficient aquaculture production supported by high quality fish meal will be the only sustainable solution to deliver fish and fish products to the increasing world population.

Sustainable production of the most advanced fish meal and fish oil production from the US gulf menhaden fish resource. The company delivers high protein content and high digestibility meals   for the growing aquaculture production of edible fish. 

The industrial process takes place with technologies that deliver a minimum carbon footprint impact, including utilization of renewable energy and bio-fuels.

“Fishing operations are carried out with the objective of long term preservation of the fish resource and sustainable harvest”

The Company

Gulf Marine Protein Inc. (“GMP”) is a newly formed company that is set to produce Advanced Fish Protein in order to tap into unmet market needs for fishmeal and fish oil globally. The company was borne on the backs of deep industry expertise, long-standing relationships, and market-leading technologies.

The new production plant is planned to be located in Louisiana (USA), though sales will be global in their reach. The plant will be environmentally-friendly, utilizing market leading technologies provided directly from some of the company’s key partners and investors.




Better products through better processes

After evaluating the current methodologies of conventional fishing operations and processing plants, GMP has designed and procured the technologies to produce what we term as “Advanced Fish Protein” in the forms of high-quality Menhaden fishmeal, fish oil and high calcium bone meal. Our fishing operations are designed to provide a superior raw material to our plant operations. The advanced technologies, both process and equipment, found throughout the plant will then convert this raw material into a superior product market by better quality and digestibility of the fishmeal and fish oil produced. Given the low carbon footprint associated with GMP’s production processes, as well as the low greenhouse gas emissions, each production facility is projected to generate carbon credits.

Deep Knowledge combined with innovative solutions

We are combining decades of experience in the Menhaden industry together with world-class patented technologies to deliver an innovative, cost-efficient, and environmentally-friendly process. This is all towards the goal of delivering a better product than is currently available on the market. Benchmark Design, with its patent-protected technologies, has unlimited access to the proprietary and patented process and equipment technology owned by DX Resources, an affiliate corporation. Additionally, BD’s extensive experience and technical knowledge in the fish industry, citrus juice, food, and ethanol processing industries allows the application of best demonstrated commercial practices to assure efficiency and profitability of the new plant. BD’s use of proven process technologies currently being used in the fish industry significantly reduces the technology risk associated with fishmeal and fish oil production. The strong focus on energy and water recycling in BD’s equipment and process technologies, a number of which are patented and proprietary, give GMP significant competitive advantages.

Artistic rendering of the Advanced Fish Meal Plant    

Artistic rendering of the Advanced Fish Meal Plant




The Company has developed several strategic partnerships to increase its competitive advantage, enhance its revenue streams and mitigate start-up risks. The Company’s partnerships provide access to technology and resources not available to companies of similar size. 


Corval Group is a St. Paul, Minnesota based industrial general contractor providing construction, fabrication and solutions nation-wide. With almost 100 years of experience they deliver quality, process efficiency and schedule performance.

The company has grown over the years into a full-service industrial general contractor offering Construction, Engineering and Fabrication expertise for a variety of industries including; Power & Energy, Oil & Gas, Refining, Petrochemical, Food & Beverage and Industrial Manufacturing. The Corval team is committed to building confidence and executing excellence on every project.

Benchmark Design, LLC

Benchmark is an experienced engineering firm and technology provider delivering patented innovative and cost effective process technologies. Since 1942, Benchmark Design and its predecessor company have invented, produced, and supplied substantially most of the core process technology and equipment currently used

by over 90% of the world’s citrus juice producers. BD’s processing technologies and equipment have been successfully used in the fish protein business, for oil extractions in the food industries, and in the ethanol processing industries in USA, Europe, and Brazil. The company’s extensive experience and technical knowledge allows the application of best demonstrated commercial practices to assure the highest efficiency and profitability. 

BSI Engineering

Over the last several years, BSI Engineering has executed projects for more than 100 different clients in the chemical, specialty chemical, renewable fuel, pharmaceutical, and food industries – including BASF (Cincinnati, OH; Kankakee, IL; Sparks, GA;Erie, PA), Emery Oleochemicals (Cincinnati, OH), Endicott Biofuels (Houston, TX), INEOS (formerly Bayer Addyston, OH), NuFarm Americas (Burr Ridge, IL), United Wisconsin Grain Producers (UWGP), Lyondell Basell, Fort Amanda Specialties (FAS), AK Steel, Procter & Gamble, Color Resolutions International (CRI), Osage Bio Energy, Messier-Bugatti, Shepherd Chemical, Genentech and Energy Systems Group. BSI has over 150 engineers on staff. 


Benchmark Aerospace is developing a new revolutionary aircraft for fish spotting applications.

In partnership with Lange Research GMBH in Germany, the new aircraft has a combination of Ethanol-Fuel Cell-Electric motor propulsion, capable to deliver a minimum operating cost per hour and an endurance of 40 hours of flight with one fuel tank-fuel cell charge.

The prototype, twin electric engines is due for maiden flight in August 2019 and when in production will be assembled in North Carolina.

Golder Associates

As part of the Golder Global Engineering and Environmental Team, the Environmental and Social Assessment Group will help the company secure all environmental permits and licenses. Golder’s multidisciplinary teams deliver the full integration of engineering, archaeological, ecological, environmental, and social management services that may be required as part of the “social license” process. Their specialists work with federal, state, and local authorities to balance the complex environmental, social, and economic factors presented with the development of the project, and develop sustainable solutions in conjunction with stakeholder groups and regulatory agencies, including Environmental and Social Impact Assessment.



The key differentiating processing technologies (equipment) to be deployed in GMP’s plant operations are as follows: 

  • Low temperature indirect heat drying with extremely low product residence time. 

  • Heat recovery system using a Waste Heat Evaporator that includes built-in high-efficiency pollution control devices and reduces operating energy costs by 50% compared to standard drying systems.

  • Benchmark Design TASTE™ evaporator that is designed to produce high-digestibility protein concentrate using single-pass low temperature and short residence time to ensure product quality and high energy efficiencies.

  • 14 newly refurbished fishing vessels with state of the art navigation and radio equipment. Vessels are prepared to run on bio-diesel.

  • 6 newly refurbished spotting aircrafts especially modified for fish searching. Aircrafts have state of the art avionics and are prepared to run on bio-diesel.

In addition to this equipment, a number of operating designs and procedures contribute to quality meal and oil recovery, which in turn lead to higher revenue generation and margins. 

  • The plant design features low temperature cookers with heat recovery vapor to pre-heat the cool inbound product.

  • The pressing system is designed to process quality fish product, but can handle upsets in fish quality should it occur.

The fishing operations design, logistics and Management Information Systems (“MIS”) helps control the quality of the raw material and shortens the time to initial processing. This results in significantly improvements in oil recovery rates and protein meal quality.


advanced enviromental and water management control

The plant utilizes several advanced new Air Quality Control Systems (AQCS) to manage the greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e). Air pollution innovations at the plant include incorporating a waste heat evaporator (patented) as a first phase scrubber that, when combined with a bio-scrubber, controls the emissions and minimizes the odor footprint.

Waste water treatment includes an advanced bio-digester which reduces COD & BOD loads and produces renewable bio-methane. This bio-gas is then used to power the boiler to produce steam and electricity. After the bio-digester, the leftover water is recirculated to the process. The recirculation allows less consumption of fresh water and results in a more sustainable operation overall.