Planktonic AS was established in 2008 by the two founders, Dr. Nils E. Tokle and Håvard Aakerøy.
They set out to solve the problem of suboptimal nutrition in marine larviculture and believed the answer had to be found in the ocean. They were well aware that marine zooplankton as a starting feed gave the best results, but the challenge was to harvest, store and use marine zooplankton in such a way that it made economical sense in industrial aquaculture.
After a long period of development, they found that barnacle nauplii was a perfect candidate for the job. It has a nutritional profile identical to most other marine nauplii, such as copepods, but they also discovered that the presence of antifreeze proteins, made it possible to cryopreserve these nauplii as well, in industrial scale! In addition, we can grow barnacles on artificial installations in the ocean, making it possible to cultivate and harvest the raw material in a sustainable way, year after year.
It’s the eggs inside the barnacle we harvest and use in CryoPlankton. These eggs hatch to stage 1 nauplius during the production process and we can therefore deliver a product with a biosafety that surpasses all other live feed products.
The holy grail in marine aquaculture was found, a biosafe, live feed product based on marine zooplankton, with the right nutritional profile without the need for enrichments.
Plus, it’s easy to use, you just thaw and feed it to the fish larvae!
Planktonic has been selling CryoPlankton since 2016 and is now a progressive and leading supplier of live feed to marine hatcheries in Europe.
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