Omega-3

– from 100% fresh, traceable and sustainable Arctic wild fish

EQ Pure Arctic Oil contains omega-3 oil sourced from cod fished off the coast of Norway. Havfisk ASA based in Ålesund is Norway’s largest trawler company. Two of their trawlers, Gadus Njård and Gadus Neptun, fish exclusively for the cod supplied to Pharma Marine AS – the company that produces the omega-3 oil used in our products. We can follow the whereabouts of these vessels by using Marinetraffic. com – an open, community-based project, which provides realtime information on ship movements.

Norwegian cod fisheries are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC is an international non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable fishing standards and practices. MSC certification, depicted by a blue label on seafood products in the shops, represents the gold standard for best practice in the fishing industry: Only 10% of the world’s fisheries carry MSC Marine Fisheries Standard certification. Moreover, the MSC Chain of Custody Standard, a traceability and segregation standard, that is applicable to the full supply chain from a certified fishery to final sale, ensures the MSC blue label is only displayed on products genuinely sourced in accordance with their standards. The Pharma Marine production facility has this MSC Chain of Custody Standard certification and includes innovative, modern technology that allows an extensive purification process of the finished products they manufacture. From March 2017, Eqology will be MSC certified as well. By these means, our customers can rest assured that the omega-3 in our EQ Pure Arctic Oil is of the highest quality, sourced and processed to the highest standards of sustainability.

White gold


Residual raw material from cod has been an important source of omega-3 for centuries. Cod fishing and the manufacturing of cod-based products played a significant role in the economic development of Norway. This nutritious and easily stored dried fish could sustain seafarers for months at a time. The white gold, as many called it, made salted clip fish and cod liver oil a trading commodity during the Viking period – something to be exchanged for finer goods such as wine.

Around the middle of the 19th century a better understanding of the general health benefits of fish oil began to emerge. Cod oil was already well established as a useful source of vitamin A and D when in the 1970’s Danish researchers discovered the healthy omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. After this cod oil became increasingly popular as a reliable
source of omega-3 fatty acids.

 

The Production Facility

The omega-3 manufacturer Pharma Marine AS is located near Ålesund on the Western coast of Norway –  a region where marine oils have been manufactured for over 130 years.   In addition to their advanced technology, the facility has a top-notch research laboratory and is considered one of the most environmentally friendly omega-3 facilities in the world. The facility received its MSC Chain of Custody Standard certification in February 2014.  The main shareholder and CEO of Pharma Marine is Leif Kjetil Gjendemsjø. He was raised at his family’s fishery, he began his career there and has worked with marine products ever since. The omega-3 oil from the Arctic Ocean is considered to be of the finest quality. Through years of experience Pharma Marine has built the competence and technology to safeguard the quality of the necessary omega-3 fatty acids.

The facility has a top-modern research laboratory, and it is counted among one of the most environmentally friendly omega-3 facilities.

Uses the whole fish

The production facility focuses on sustainability, safeguarding the resources for future generations. The cod head and liver are especially fatty, and contain a lot of omega-3. Pharma Marine advocates close collaboration between the marine refining industry and fishermen to utilize 100 % of the fish harvested from the sea. Gjendemsjø is dedicated to high quality combined with using what we take from nature in its entirety and respecting it as we do so. His top tip for determining the quality of an oil is taste:  “If the pure oil, before anything is added, tastes good, then it is of high quality”.

Gjendemsjø is dedicated to high quality being combined with using what we take from nature in its entirety and respecting it as we do so. His tip for determining the quality of an oil is taste:  “If the pure oil before anything is added tastes good, then it is of high quality.”