Skretting partners with Zooca Calanus to develop nutritional solutions for early stages

With over ten years of prior collaboration, the companies will now work together to develop high-quality, nutritionally optimized feeds using Calanus finmarchicus-based ingredients.

Calanus finmarchicus. Credits: Zooca
November 22, 2023

Skretting unveiled a new partnership with Zooca Calanus to provide innovative and sustainable nutritional solutions by leveraging Zooca Calanus' expertise in harvesting and processing Calanus finmarchicus, a tiny marine copepod rich in essential nutrients.

With over ten years of prior collaboration, Skretting and Zooca Calanus will now work together to develop high-quality, nutritionally optimized feeds using Calanus-based ingredients and whole fresh canned copepods. These solutions will enhance the health and growth of farmed aquatic species while promoting sustainable practices within the aquaculture sector.

By harnessing the natural benefits of Calanus finmarchicus, both companies are committed to advancing the performance of the target species in a sustainable and responsible way.

“We are excited to embark on this journey with Zooca Calanus,” said Hassan Skøien, shrimp innovation director at Skretting. “This partnership represents a significant step forward in our mission to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to the aquaculture industry. By combining Skretting's expertise in aquafeed formulation with Zooca Calanus' unique marine ingredients, we aim to set new standards for nutrition, health, and sustainability in aquaculture.”

“Calanus is an abundant resource. Incorporating it into our diets allows us to diversify marine ingredients and provides employment opportunities for local fishing communities during their low season,” said Eamonn O’Brien, global product manager LifeStart.

Zooca Calanus group CSO, Hogne Abrahamsen, expressed his enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “we are proud to partner with Skretting, a company known for its commitment to quality and sustainability. Together, we will harness the ‘nature baby food’ power of Calanus finmarchicus to create feeds that not only enhance aquatic health but also contribute to the preservation of our oceans and marine ecosystems.”

Check out the latest trial results of Zooca Calanus in the latest edition of Aquafeed Magazine.