– 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.
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.