Nofir's Øistein Aleksandersen, left, and Nils Hovden at Bio Marine will collaborate on recycling.

Circularity given high priority by aquaculture supplier

Bio Marine has the end in site for its lice skirts before they’re even begun


Aquaculture supplier Bio Marine has teamed up with recycling company Nofir, the Norwegian firms have announced. They will leverage each other’s strengths as Bio Marine starts new production of lice skirts in Lithuania, where Nofir is already established.

“While we focus on sea lice skirts, we will also invest in circular equipment. We are confident that we have a place in the market, especially if we manage to offer a more sustainable product,” Bio Marine marketing manager Nils Hovden stated in a press release.

In April, Bio Marine announced the construction of a new factory for lice skirts in Lithuania as part of its long-term strategy to offer comprehensive and sustainable solutions for the aquaculture industry.

'A unique opportunity'

“Therefore, it is a unique opportunity to also offer a more sustainable alternative,” said Hovden, who noted that companies such as Mowi have a goal of 100% material recycling.

“Through recycling and reuse, our sea lice skirts will be one of the most sustainable options for the industry, which is very concerned with making good choices, including when choosing equipment.

“Our contribution must therefore be to create equipment that is easier to recycle, use recycled materials ourselves, and at the same time ensure that the equipment enters the cycle on the other side, even though our responsibility, in a sense, ends when we send it off.”

Hovden assures that reuse and upcycling do not affect biosecurity and are otherwise equivalent to using new materials.

“That is also the most important requirement, of course, in this industry. That equipment maintains the same high and crucial quality even if it is to be reused.”

Nofir collects and recycles fishing and aquaculture equipment, mainly from Norway. The company has repeatedly called for more collaboration in the value chain for equipment.