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.
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.