Calanus (Fishing + Applications)

Dear friends and colleagues

We have added to our knowledge center, information of nobel marine species CALANUS, so much asked by our loyal readers. Please join us to learn more about this species, and its end-products. 

Calanus is the common name for several species in a genus of small crustaceans. Although it is a minor source, calanus oil source is growing fast and provides a wax ester form of Omega-3s.

Why calanus is a species to follow – Searching for Wax Esters. Wax ester is a differentiating marker between available krill oils and North Atlantic’s potential, present in Copepods, a resource available in the same waters where North Atlantic krill is found.

Oil from the marine copepod C. finmarchicus, used as a benchmark for krill oils, contains >86 % of fatty acids present as wax esters. In a randomized study, healthy adults consumed 8 capsules providing 4 g of Calanus® Oil supplying a total of 260 mg EPA and 156 mg DHA primarily as wax esters, or 1 capsule of Lovaza® providing 465 mg EPA and 375 mg DHA as ethyl esters, each with an EPA- and DHA-free breakfast. Results demonstrated that wax ester rich marine oil is a suitable alternative source of EPA and DHA for human consumption128.

Calanus oil is a highly bioavailable source of EPA and DHA. A new study supports its potential as a suitable alternative source of omega-3s129.

According to GOED, the total volume of calanus oil in 2019 was 19 metric tons, a 13.3% increase from 17 ton in 2018. Value increased 11.1% to USD5.6 MM.


Calanus is currently sold almost entirely in the US  and Norway. The ability to expand is hampered by supply availability; the fishery is still sort of experimental, extraction costs are high and logistics not easy. There is currently only one supplier of the oil. Things will change 2020 onwards as Norway auctioned >250k ton Calanus to be fished among insurgents and incumbents.

Please read full report here.


Feb.2 2021


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Dimitri Sclabos

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