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The marine zooplankton species Calanus finmarchicus is a free-living copepod (crustacean) with a one-year life-cycle. Calanus finmarchicus is the key food source for most of the commercially important fish species in the North Atlantic. However, in the North Atlantic ecosystem only 10-20% of the energy from the vast biomass of Calanus finmarchicus is being incorporated in fish and mammals higher up in the food chain.
As Calanus finmarchicus lives scattered in the oceanic waters at the bottom of the marine food chain, only grazing on microscopic algae and protozooplankton, it is virtually free of pollutants. This fact, taken together with its abundance and biochemical composition, makes this species extraordinarily attractive compared to both pelagic fishes and krill as a source of value-added products for humans.
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