While everybody else was thinking big, we were thinking small

Our idea, based on a 3 mm long zooplankton, started 20 years ago and we have been nurturing it ever since. Today, feeding people and animals with sustainable, healthy, high-quality nutrition has, we admit it, grown into a bit of a big thought, and it’s still growing.

About the source

  • The tiny crustacean Calanus finmarchicus is an amazing creature. 
  • Its nearly at the bottom of the food web, linking the phytoplankton and higher trophic levels. 
  • Its small in size, but enormous in numbers. 
  • Short lived and renews rapidly. 
  • Every spring and summer it appears in swarms in the surface waters and grazes heavily on the blooming phytoplankton.

  • When the autumn comes, it sinks near the bottom of the ocean and goes into a hibernating state.

  • To be able to do this, it has the most unique way of storing it energy – by converting its food to very compact lipids. 

  • The Norwegian government has identified the Calanus finmarchicus as a resource with significant potential to contribute to the national economy,  the management plan for utilizing this resource was set on a yearly quota of 254 000 tonnes.

  • To put some perspective to the numbers and the size of the circles, the total sum of the global fisheries and aquaculture is approx. half of the yearly biomass of calanus. 

  • Harvesting of resources at lower trophic levels can therefore be a sustainable way of increasing the marine supply of nutrients.

  • Raw nutrients from the tiny zooplankton species Calanus finmarchicus. 

  • In the Norwegian Sea, copepods belonging to the family Calanus is the largest renewable and harvestable marine resource.