Harvested in our own backyard
A sustainable source
Our resource, C. finmarchicus, is one of the world’s most sustainable marine sources. Sustainability is important in all parts of our value chain. Zooca® has invested, developed, and patented an environmentally friendly technology for harvesting by use of a special purpose, patented planktonic trawl. The trawl is rather wide and shallow, equipped with a mesh size suited for sieving water while retaining C. finmarchicus.
The company has good quality systems, effective routines, required certifications, and good product documentation in place. All harvesting operations are carried out with total transparency, and the company adheres to the highest environmental standards in all aspects of its operations, and practices harvesting in a sustainable manner. The development of good technology ensures minimum bycatch, and we use all the raw material in production and only water is filtered out.
The authority responsible for the management of the Calanus fishery is The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, acting as a secretariat for the Minister of Fisheries. The Department for Fisheries and Aquaculture is responsible for matters related to fisheries, the fishing fleet and the aquaculture industry. The major legal instrument under which this authority, enterprises and fishery operates is the Marine Resources Act (MRA). This legislative framework has an explicit precautionary approach based on sustainability principles. Calanus AS complies in total to the allocated quotas and precautionary principles in the MRA.
The harvesting season is approximately from 1st of May to mid-August.
On the Norwegian coastal shelf from mid-Norway (Frohavet) to Finmark, including Tromsøflaket. However, this varies slightly from year to year. As Calanus distribution is dependent on oceanographic processes, there is a high variability between years.