The certification means that Calanus AS can now carry the environmentally friendly Friend of the Sea label on its omega-3 oil and protein derivatives.
“This certification shows and confirms that zooplankton is harvested according to internationally recognized sustainability principles and follows a best practice approach,” said Dr. Ole Petter Pedersen, Head of Technology and Sustainability at Calanus AS. “We strive every day to be at the forefront of responsibility and to ensure first-class health from the sea with our products. The common denominator for everything we do and what we are is sustainability. “
Friend of the Sea is a project of the World Organization for Sustainability for the certification and promotion of seafood from sustainable fisheries and sustainable aquaculture. It is the only certification system that certifies both wild and farmed seafood.
“For us, sustainability and traceability are not just a marketing tool,” added Jan Erik Olsen, Head of Sales and Marketing at Calanus AS. “We are pioneers in using this huge resource, which is a new and sustainable source of nutrients for the people of the world. We take the responsibility of being the first seriously and are very proud to play a pioneering role in this development. “
Obtained from copepods.
Calanus oil is obtained from the copepods of the same name, Calanus finmarchicus. According to Salma et al. (Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids, 2016, Vol. 108, pp. 13-21), Calanus finmarchicus is “the most common crustacean in the North Atlantic with an annual production of several hundred million tons. .
“The total annual harvest is less than 0.01% of the annual growth according to the rules of the Norwegian fisheries management.”
Calanus oil contains the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA mainly in wax ester form (the oil is slightly viscous). The oil also contains astaxanthin, which gives it its ruby red color.
Wax esters are historically associated with penguin, seal and whale oil, but are made from C. finmarchicus by the Norwegian company Calanus AS. .