RAW MATERIALS

RAW MATERIALS

Sourced from local fisheries

Sourced from local fisheries

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The raw material is sourced from local fisheries in the region. Norwegian spring-spawning herring is a type of Atlantic herring that has its main spawning off the coast of Møre. The herring roe is collected solely from fish harvested by MSC-certified fisheries and quotas are on a sustainable level for Norwegian vessels. 

The raw material is sourced from local fisheries in the region. Norwegian spring-spawning herring is a type of Atlantic herring that has its main spawning off the coast of Møre. The herring roe is collected solely from fish harvested by MSC-certified fisheries and quotas are on a sustainable level for Norwegian vessels. 

the WEST COAST of norway

the WEST COAST of norway

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Arctic Nutrition is located in the small municipality, Ørsta, on the west coast of Norway. Based in this region the company has direct access to the raw materials. The roe is harvested just a few kilometers from Arctic Nutrition's head office beside the waterfront of Ørstafjorden.

Arctic Nutrition is located in the small municipality, Ørsta, on the west coast of Norway. Based in this region the company has direct access to the raw materials. The roe is harvested just a few kilometers from Arctic Nutrition's head office beside the waterfront of Ørstafjorden. 

THE HERRING ROE

THE HERRING ROE

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Coldwater fish serve as one of the major sources of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Herring caviar contains bioactive marine ingredients beyond polyunsaturated fatty acids and is a unique source of nutrients. Fish roe is optimized to create fully-functional larvae without additional nutritional sources. 

Coldwater fish serve as one of the major sources of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Herring caviar contains bioactive marine ingredients beyond polyunsaturated fatty acids and is a unique source of nutrients. Fish roe is optimized to create fully-functional larvae without additional nutritional sources. 

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Herring roe is a naturally occurring and edible marine source of a number of bioactive substances including EPA, DHA, phosphatidylcholine (PC), phospholipids (PL), neutral lipids and choline. These substances have been shown to be readily bioavailable.

Herring roe is a naturally occurring and edible marine source of a number of bioactive substances including EPA, DHA, phosphatidylcholine (PC), phospholipids (PL), neutral lipids and choline. These substances have been shown to be readily bioavailable.

A fantastic raw material

A fantastic raw material

The Norwegian Spring-Spawning Herring is the world’s largest herring biomass. Each year in February, the herring spawn and lay their herring roe or caviar in massive quantities, covering the entire seabed off the Møre coast with the next generation of Norwegian Herring. The total weight of the roe covering the seabed is three times as much as the weight of the entire Norwegian population¹. Only a small fraction of the herring eggs become mature fish. Many different species come to feed off the eggs and larvae, and seabirds feed on the fry and grown fish. The sea current flows as a gigantic river moving north along the coastline, carrying the herring larvae into the Barents Sea. In the Barents Sea, the herring larvae grow into small herring fish. When the herring reaches maturity at 3 to 4 years of age, it swims west again along the Norwegian coast to prepare for its first spawning cycle.

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Herring has had a significant impact on the ecosystems along the coast, in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. The herring move in huge schools, of up to 500 million fish, and is an impressive sight. Herring can reach the age of 25 years and a size of 40 centimeters. It grazes on the raw cane and is an important food source for predatory fish such as cod, saithe, and other demersal fish, in addition to whales. Large herds of killer whales follow the schools of herring. The herring is food for other species throughout its entire lifespan.

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Herring has had a significant impact on the ecosystems along the coast, in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. The herring move in huge schools, of up to 500 million fish, and is an impressive sight. Herring can reach the age of 25 years and a size of 40 centimeters. It grazes on the raw cane and is an important food source for predatory fish such as cod, saithe, and other demersal fish, in addition to whales. Large herds of killer whales follow the schools of herring. The herring is food for other species throughout its entire lifespan.

Because of the vast number of herring, found along the Norwegian coast, it has been relatively easy to harvest large quantities. Herring has been one of the most important fish species and has had a great impact on the Norwegian economy and food supply. Overfishing led to quota-controlled catches from the mid-1960s. By 1970, virtually the entire spawning population had disappeared. The collapse was due to a combination of overfishing and natural population fluctuations.

Improved knowledge, enhanced fisheries management and enforcement of stricter regulations have made it possible for the herring population to return. Today the population of herring is strictly monitored to ensure a healthy and sustainable population. The Norwegian Spring Spawning Herring fisheries are certified by MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), an international non-profit organization established to ensure sustainable fishing.

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Norwegian spring-spawning herring has been a cornerstone of the Norwegian and European diet for several thousand years. A diet consisting of herring and potatoes was the most commonly eaten food for many Norwegians in the period after World War II. The unique composition of nutrients made this diet a base for the upbringing of generations of Norwegians.

Today the consumption of herring is significantly lower in Norway and the rest of Europe. Arctic Nutrition aims to preserve this part of Norwegian food history and the unique nutritional value of herring roe. Only the highest quality ingredients from this raw material are extracted to make the finished product, Romega®.

Norwegian spring-spawning herring has been a cornerstone of the Norwegian and European diet for several thousand years. A diet consisting of herring and potatoes was the most commonly eaten food for many Norwegians in the period after World War II. The unique composition of nutrients made this diet a base for the upbringing of generations of Norwegians.

Today the consumption of herring is significantly lower in Norway and the rest of Europe. Arctic Nutrition aims to preserve this part of Norwegian food history and the unique nutritional value of herring roe. Only the highest quality ingredients from this raw material are extracted to make the finished product, Romega®.

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Swedish pickled herring with red and white onions on a table in boiled potatoes, selective focus

A source of nutrients thoughout generations

A source of nutrients thoughout generations

Arctic Nutrition utilizes roe from the fishing that takes place during the spawning season in February. In the filleting of herring today, the roe is considered a residual raw material that can be utilized. It is only modest amounts of roe that are used for human consumption today.

Herring roe has great nutritional value, not only for the herring larvae that will feed off it as they grow into adult fish but also for many other animals including us humans. What a unique resource nature provides us, and it is located right off our beautiful coast. We are very proud that Norwegian Herring Roe is the main component in Romega®.

Arctic Nutrition utilizes roe from the fishing that takes place during the spawning season in February. In the filleting of herring today, the roe is considered a residual raw material that can be utilized. It is only modest amounts of roe that are used for human consumption today.

Herring roe has great nutritional value, not only for the herring larvae that will feed off it as they grow into adult fish but also for many other animals including us humans. What a unique resource nature provides us, and it is located right off our beautiful coast. We are very proud that Norwegian Herring Roe is the main component in Romega®.

Swedish pickled herring with red and white onions on a table in boiled potatoes, selective focus