FROM TREATMENT TO PREVENTION

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PROTECTION FROM SALMON LICE

We catch salmon lice in the larval stage before they attach themselves to the salmon. This reduces the number of infestations and thus reduces the need for treatment. By exploiting the salmon lice’s natural instincts we eliminate salmon lice without any adverse effects on the fish or the ecosystem. 

SPREADING KNOWLEDGE

We provide fish farmers with a better understanding of salmon lice behaviour, especially in the phases before they attach to the fish. This enables more strategic thinking and ultimately contributes to better control of salmon lice. Combined with other measures this helps fish farmers to meet regulatory requirements regarding salmon lice prevalence on farms. 

PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY

Good management of resources and the environment are fundamental to securing and enhancing seafood production. Blue Lice is committed to working in line with nature and sustainability is a priority throughout the entire process.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HOW IT WORKS

Salmon lice in the larval stage are dependant on finding a host fish in order to survive.

But how do these little larvae find their host?

Salmon lice have had many thousands of years to become experts at finding salmon. They use light detection and the smell of salmon mucus to aid them in their search. We deploy both of these elements in our traps, thereby exploiting the natural instincts of salmon lice.

This method is the result of more than 20 years of research and combines light, smell and movement to attract salmon lice in the copepodid phase. Using this method, the traps attract larvae, thus reducing the number that find their way to a host. 

This method has the potential to keep salmon lice prevalence on fish farms down. Our solution can be used in combination with salmon lice prediction models to provide a more solid understanding of future salmon lice infestations on fish farms. 

 
 
Less treatment means greater quality salmon and increased production

Less treatment means greater quality salmon and increased production

Good salmon lice control means better predictability and reduced costs

Good salmon lice control means better predictability and reduced costs

A preventative solution avoids expensive handling so you can focus on value creation instead

A preventative solution avoids expensive handling so you can focus on value creation instead

 

OUR STORY

 
 
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PROTOTYPE 2017

The founders of Blue Lice met in 2017, as participants of a startup incubator run by X2 Labs in Stavanger. The aim of the initiative was to find new, innovative solutions to challenges faced by aquaculture. 

Four weeks of intensive hard work resulted in the building and testing of the first prototype with promising results. This led to Blue Lice being founded in April 2017. 


PILOT TEST 2017

In August 2017 Blue Lice secured its first investment from Ekko Invest. This investment was used to fund a larger pilot test of the salmon lice traps. 

We received funding from The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund, and entered into a research collaboration with Bremnes Seashore and The Norwegian Institute for Nature Science to carry out tests in December 2017. The tests were carried out over only four days, resulting in a data sample that was too small to conclusively prove the success of the method. 

In October 2017 we won Petter Stordalens ‘Strawberrymillion’ which secured the funding necessary for further tests. 

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FULL-SCALE TEST 2018

In May 2018, after further development, we were ready to start a longer period of full scale testing to prove the method. Blue Lice received funding from Innovation Norway’s environmental technology scheme and we also continued the collaboration with Bremnes Seashore for these tests. 

The full scale tests were carried out over a period of eight months. In early 2019 we undertook a thorough analysis of the collected data and were able to conclude that the method works. We are now working on optimising the method and are looking for partners and pilot customers. 

TEAM

 
 
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Foto: Charlotte Wiig

 

Karoline Sjødal Olsen

Co-FOUNDER & CEO

+ 47 922 53 542
karoline@bluelice.no

 
 
 
 
 
 

Lars-Kristian Opstad

Co-FOUNDER & coo

+47 979 70 080
larskristian@bluelice.no

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Gry Løkke

Co-FOUNDER & CTO

+47 977 09 869
gry@bluelice.no

 
 
 
 

THE BOARD OF BLUE LICE

 
 

BLUE LICE IN THE NEWS

 
 
 
 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

 
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Winner of Strawberrymillionen 2017

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Newcomer of the Year

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Finalist Young Entrepreneur 2019 Nor-Shipping

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Finalist Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge

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Finalist Seafood Innovation Award

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Seal of Excellence

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Finalist

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Winner 2017

 
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Innovation Showcase Finalist 2017

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Finalist

PARTNERS

 
 

DO YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION?

Contact Us Today

 
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OUR LOCATIONS

 

X2 Innovation Center Stavanger
Siriskjeret 25-27 and 31,
4014 Stavanger

 
 

StartupLab Oslo
Gaustadalléen 21,
0349 Oslo