Harvesting of Calanus finmarchicus
Management of the Calanus finmarchicus resource
In 2016 the Directorate of Fisheries in Norway published a draft management plan for the zooplankter Calanus finmarchicus for a selected region of the Norwegian Economical Zone (NEZ). Here they estimated the average biomass to 33 million tons, where a precautionary and sustainable annual catch of 165.000 tons was recommended. (http://www.fiskeridir.no/Yrkesfiske/Dokumenter/Rapporter/2016/Forvaltningsplan-for-raudaate ).
The plan has been out on public hearing during the first half of 2017, as soon as finalized, it will be evaluated by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries before being put into effect.
In accordance with the Norwegian bioeconomy strategy
Recently, the Norwegian government published their strategy for the new bioeconomy, where the zooplankter Calanus finmarchicus, was identified as a new resource with a significant potential to contribute to the national economy, if it is harvested in an ecological sustainable manner (Strategy for Bioeconomy, 2016).
Close collaboration with the stakeholders
Calanus As is in close collaboration with fishing companies, engineering companies and equipment suppliers, spearheading the development of harvesting technology for this zooplankter. The close interplay between operational officers in Calanus AS and the crew onboard the vessels, and financial support from Innovation Norway, have been instrumental in the evolution of the harvesting technology up to now. Calanus As is projecting a solid increase in annual yield capacity over the next few years through “The 2nd Generation Zooplankton Harvesting System“ (OASIS 2). Calanus AS will in partnership with other industrial enterprises, develop know-how and technology that will enable it to sustainably harvest commercially viable yields of Calanus finmarchicus in both coastal and oceanic waters.
New regulatory frameworks and quota systems will enable access to much larger use of the natural resource present in Norwegian territorial waters. Therefore, it is timely for Norway to develop innovative harvesting technology to enable the emerging sector to capitalize on this new opportunity, creating new products resulting in significant expansion of the Norwegian bioeconomy. Calanus AS is committed to contribute though continued investments in R&D to develop its business going forward.