Tromsø, Norway, December 11, 2020
Friend of the Sea®, one of the leading global certification standards for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, has certified Calanus AS for harvesting of the zooplankton Calanus finmarchicus and the products derived from this huge marine resource. Calanus AS can now display the Friend of the Sea® eco-friendly label on their omega-3 oil
and protein derivates.
“Harvesting of the world´s marine resources is a response to the public challenges of supplying the global population with marine fatty acids and protein from nonterrestrial sustainable sources”, says Dr. Ole Petter Pedersen, Head of Technology and Sustainability in Calanus AS. “This certification demonstrates and verifies that harvesting of zooplankton is done according to internationally
accepted sustainability principles and follows a best-practice approach. We strive every day to be on the leading edge of responsibility and to provide world class health from the ocean with our products. The common denominator to all we do and all we are is sustainability.”
“In Calanus AS we offer a value proposition which includes a sustainability promise”, says Head of Sales and Marketing Jan Erik Olsen. He continues: “Sustainability and traceability is not just a marketing tool for us. We are pioneering the utilization of this vast resource that represents a new and sustainable source of nutrients to the people of the world. We take the responsibility that comes with being the first seriously and we are very proud to lead the way in this development”.
Friend of the Sea® is a project of the World Sustainability Organization for the certification and promotion of seafood from sustainable fisheries and sustainable aquaculture. It is the only sertification scheme that certifies both wild and farmed seafood.
Calanus AS is a biomarine company pioneering harvesting and utilization of the crustacean Calanus finmarchicus, and is well positioned to play a key role in industrialization of the entire value chain through its intellectual property rights. Calanus AS develops functional health- and nutrition ingredients for humans and animals exclusively from this valuable raw material. The Company’s main product is Calanus® Oil, an ecologically sustainable source of omega-3 fatty acids for humans. Calanus® Oil has a unique composition and several studies have shown benefits like improved insulin sensitivity, reduced deposition of intra-abdominal fat and powerful anti-inflammatory effects.