Our own research and process development over several years has led to a manufacturing process for Calanus finmarchicus, whereby extraction of both oil and proteins can be done in a highly effective and gentle manner, by keeping the natural bioactive properties of the starting material intact. This knowledge has been implemented in the industrial production process of Calanus finmarchicus, and forms the basis for several of the products from Calanus AS.
THE PROTEIN PRODUCTS
The two main products, Calanus® Hydrolysate and Calanus® Powder, are optimal ingredients in formulated starter diets for marine fish and shrimp in aquaculture, as well as in feed for aquarium fishes. The products have also been proven effective in significantly enhancing the palatability of pet food and pet supplements, notably for dogs.
NATURAL AQUATIC STARTER FEED
Results confirm that Calanus® Hydrolysate enhances growth and survival of early life stages of aquatic animal species, which is in harmony with the ecological role of Calanus finmarchicus as an essential prey in their natural marine habitats. Chemical composition, microbiological quality, digestibility and stability have been characterized in detail. Interesting early results merit further studies on the bioactive properties of the product.
COPEPODS AS COMPLETE FEED
Whole animals of Calanus finmarchicus is perfectly suitable as complete feed in post-larval stages of shrimp. The product offers a ready-to-use alternative to Artemia in feeding regimes, with an optimal composition of protein, oil, astaxanthin and chitin.
HUMAN PROTEIN APPLICATIONS
A separate project has recently been initiated to develop functional protein-derived products from Calanus finmarchicus for human applications. Calanus AS has established a cooperation with other stakeholders to use state-of-the-art technology and know-how to develop and manufacture products with relevant properties.