Sustainability issues in fish farming include over-reliance on water pollution from waste discharge and wild-caught fish for feed. Norway is one of the largest fish producers globally, with almost half of its production being farmed salmon.

Capipro has emerged as a pioneering company dedicated to transforming the fish farming industry with a steadfast commitment to sustainability, innovation, and efficiency. Norway’s aquaculture industry produces over one million tons of fish sludge each year, with regulations mandating that 50% of this sludge from land-based operations must be recycled. Capipro tackles waste management while addressing global protein shortages by converting fish farm sludge into valuable feed for small worms, which will serve as a primary component in future fish feed.

Farmed salmon consumption has seen significant global growth, driven by increasing demand for affordable, high-quality protein sources. As wild salmon stocks decline due to overfishing and environmental changes, aquaculture has stepped in to meet the global appetite for salmon. In 2023, the export value of Norwegian seafood hit a record high, totaling NOK 172 billion, equivalent to 39 million meals served daily throughout the year.

Sustainability is at the core of Capipro’s operations. The company is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of fish farming through eco-friendly practices and technologies. By promoting closed-loop systems and sustainable feed, Capipro helps farmers minimize waste, conserve resources, and protect natural habitats.

The future for Capipro looks promising as they continue to innovate and expand their offerings. Ongoing research and development efforts focus on further improving the sustainability and efficiency of fish farming, ensuring the industry can meet the growing demand for seafood without compromising the health of our planet.

“We have a financially viable business model and a long-term plan. We want to get an investor that is really on our side, has a burning wish to make a change and help the climate and look on a circular side of the business model. We are five people, including two interns. We still have a long way to go, but feel confident. We are working towards a goal in the second quarter of 2025 with the first commercial sales to customers,” said Samson Vonen, Founder and CEO of Capipro.