The zooplankton solution
Taking Your Portfolio Beyond Omega-3
the tiny zooplankton Calanus finmarchicus
An untapped resource
This is several times higher than the total biomass of all fish species in the same area, including cod, herring and mackerel. It is almost twice as much as all fisheries and aquaculture in the world.
While everybody else was thinking big, we were thinking small.
Zooca® was established in 2002 in Tromsø, Norway. The goal was to utilize the zooplankton Calanus finmarchicus to make healthy and unique nutrition products for humans and animals alike. The company operates the world’s first factory in Sortland in Norway and remains dedicated to advancing its research and development.
Calanus finmarchicus is one of the most ecologically important species in the marine ecosystem. This is due to its role in the marine food web as a key organism in energy transfer between trophic levels.
We can harvest the species without affecting the population or the marine ecosystem thanks to the high reproduction rate.
Harvested in our backyard
Sustainability is essential in all parts of our value chain. Zooca has invested, developed, and patented an environmentally friendly technology for harvesting, and we use a special purpose, patented planktonic trawl.
All harvesting operations are carried out with complete transparency. The company adheres to the highest environmental standards in all aspects of its operations and practices. The development of suitable technology ensures minimum bycatch, and we use whole Calanus finmarchicus in production. Only water is filtered out.
The harvest season is approximately from the 1st of May to mid-August.
This means that harvesting at lower trophic levels can be better utilized while ensuring a sustainable stock.
Today we are harvesting approximately 0,0005% of the Calanus finmarcicus available in the ocean.
State-of-the-art processing plant
In addition to energy, the key input factors include fresh water and minimal enzyme addition. This solvent-free method, which involves no use of additives, ensures a gentle extraction process for lipids and proteins.
The production avoids the use of hazardous processing aids, and there is no further refining, concentration, or processing involved. This guarantees the resulting products are natural and pure.
The bio-refinery also has advanced control systems that enable the regulation of energy consumption to a minimum of what is necessary for a qualified process. Most of the energy used in the plant goes to heating the process.
An electric hot water boiler has been installed to ensure environmentally friendly heating, and effective heat exhanger are used througout the process.
Securing our future, one harvest at a time
Our goal is to minimize any negative impact on the marine environment through sustainable practices.
Harvested in our backyard
The international standard for qualitymanagement system. This allows us to demonstrate our ability to consistently provide products that meet customer and regultaory requirements.
Friend of the Sea is a globally recognized certification program for sustainable seafood products that helps to promote responsible fishing practices and protect marine ecosystem
MarinTrust is a factory certification standard which ensure responsible manufacturing and raw material sourcing.
Informed Sport is a global testing and certification program for sports and nutritional supplements. Informed Sport certification allows us to assure athletes that our product, Zooca® Original and Zooca® Sport, has passed the most stringent sport testing and are safer to use.
Halal Certification ensures adherence to ethical dietary and religious standards.
Halal Certification allows us to cater to diverse preferences and ethical practices.
Science is the heart of everything we do
- Alice M.Pedersen, Head of Science
The different products streams derived from Calanus finmarchicus now have a solid track record of documentation - providing insight to the different areas of impact.
From catch to capsule
Our unique products
Human Health Nutrition
- Zooca Calanus® Oil
Animal Health Nutrition:
- Zooca® Hydrolysate
- Zooca® Powder
- Zooca® SeaFrozen
- all made from the same high-quality, natural source.
These products are rich in nutrients and bioactive compounds, making them valuable ingredients in various industries such as human nutrition, animal feed, and aquaculture.
Zooca Calanus® Oil
Unique chemical composition:
- Beyond omega-3
- Containing a full spectrum fatty acid profile
- Zooca Calanus® oil naturally has 40 different fatty acids, bound in their natural form
- Zooca Calanus® oil naturally contains the omega-3s EPA, DHA, and SDA, as well as monounsaturated lipids, policosanols and astaxanthin
Fatty Acid with
Rounding out its full nutrient profile, Calanus®oil naturally contains the Omega-3s EPA, DHA, and SDA, as well as Monounsaturated Fats such as Omega-7, and nutrients such as Policosanol andAstaxanthin.
Unique chemical structure
- we believe this is an important feature
The delivery form of wax esters is known to be slow digested. This implies longer retention time in the GI-tract, delivering the bioactive components to the distal part of the intestines and hence reaching specialized nutrient receptors only localized in this area.