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Read how krill can benefit aquaculture.

The answer to our future food security lies in the sea

The world’s population is growing, which means we’re going to need more food. In fact, the World Resource Institute says we’re going to need about 70% more food that we do today. But how can we meet this demand and not destroy the Earth in doing so? One important answer to this lies in the sea.

Astaxanthin krill oil serves as stand-out ingredient for developing shrimp

Astaxanthin krill oil is a healthy and sustainable dietary supplement, appealing to shrimp farmers who seek a healthy stock and rapid animal growth.

Krill for 4 legged athletes as well as fish and shrimp

Aker BioMarine is dedicated to science, researching the effects of krill on humans, pets, farmed fish and shrimp. Across species, krill is proven to have beneficial traits for health and performance. One of the focus areas over the past years has been in dog mushing, where top trained dogs run some of the toughest sled dog races on the planet.


Krill meal enhances growth of Pacific white shrimp, according to new research

Krill is an important source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and feed attractants which makes it a great ingredient in feeds for shrimp. Research is constantly done to learn how its dietary inclusion can give the best results. Late 2019, a study concluded that krill in fishmeal-challenged diets resulted in:

The story of a true fisherman

Aker BioMarine is harvesting krill in the wilderness of Antarctica. Here fishermen are operating in tough conditions while experiencing beautiful nature and fishery offered by the sea. Former captain, Frank Grebstad, takes a look back at his time on our vessels, Saga Sea and Antarctic Sea.  

AquaCulture America 2020

February 9th to 12th, Aquaculture America, opens its doors to welcome all who wants to gain insights of aquaculture. This year the conference will be held in Waikiki on Oahu Island, where you can almost walk out of your session and onto the beach! 

10 reasons why krill meal is a must for your salmon feed

QRILL Aqua is made from whole Antarctic krill, which contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in phospholipid form. High palatability and nutrient composition make krill a key ingredient to formulate a modern salmon diet. Not convinced?

Here are 10 reasons why krill meal should be an essential ingredient for your salmon feed.

7 reasons to include krill in shrimp feed

Continued growth of shrimp farming and a change from low-intensity, small-scale to high-intensity, commercial farming has increased the need for sustainable protein and cost-effective sources in shrimp feeds. Krill is a sustainable and natural protein source. It is a functional ingredient with different nutrients highly beneficial for shrimp. In addition, shrimp like the taste of krill. This makes krill a very interesting ingredient. In this article we offer 7 specific reasons why you should include krill in your shrimp feed.

5 reasons why krill is such a popular ingredient in fish feed

Productive fish farming depends on healthy fish. A healthy and robust fish with a strong immune system resists disease better. A way to influence a fish’s immune system is through the diet. It is of utmost importance to include the best ingredients that optimize both growth performance and health. In addition, there are external variables influencing the feed choices made such as ‘What does the end consumers ask for? Which parameters give the most value when selling fish?’

QRILL Aqua - the ingredient

In Aker BioMarine we strive to make sure that our ingredients are of the finest quality available. We openly share our knowledge and experience with our partners to help ensure their success.

Will you attend Aquaculture Europe?

October 7th to 10th, Aquaculture Europe , opens its doors for 3 full days in Berlin. This year the conference will focus on “Our Future Growing from Water” a highly relevant topic with a world-population in constant growth. As a result, we continuously add pressure to our global food systems - leading farms to a ramp up production, in order to keep pace with the growing demand.

Look out for lipids

Adding an ingredient to feed formulations which contains omega-3s may seem like a simple recipe for success. But it really isn’t that easy, as not all omega-3s are equal. So, picking the right one is crucial and can offer a significant competitive advantage.

Our vessel operations

Operating in one of the worlds toughest conditions requires state of the art vessels and a highly dedicated crew. Surrounded by the Antarctic wilderness, breathtaking scenery and being several days away from civilization, the vessels and their crew need to withheld months at sea. 

Let’s meet in Chennai, India at APA 2019!

In a couple of weeks, the event, Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2019 (APA19) will open its doors in Chennai, India. Aker BioMarine has an exciting program and booth hosted by various experts. Hope to see you there!

Krill, a natural and functional feed attractant in shrimp feed

Why shrimp prefer the taste of Euphausia superba

Krill meal is in itself a natural attractant, and as a chemostimulant helps increase the duration shrimp spend feeding, and by connection the amount eaten (Derby et al. 2016). Krill meal contains chitin from the exoskeleton, soluble compounds, such as trimethylamine oxide, as well as free amino acids and nucleotides. This combination, naturally found in Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, is proven to help increase both feed attractability and palatability. To put it in simple terms, shrimp just likes the taste of krill. The result is enhanced shrimp growth and yield, meaning shrimp spend less time in the ponds and get to market faster.

Our 5 most read blog posts about krill

You might know what krill is and why you should include krill in your feed. But do you know how we are making QRILL Aqua or how it is to be a fisherman in the Antarctica? Below you will find QRILL Aqua's 5 most read blog posts.


You might have heard of krill and even some of the studies showing its qualities for aquaculture, but here are some lesser-known fun facts.

Introducing a Sustainable Marine Ingredient in aquaculture

An ever-growing world population is continuously putting pressure on global food systems. For the aquaculture sector, this means ever brisker business, with the World Resources Institute estimating that it alone will need to ramp up production by up to 2 million tons annually, just to keep pace with growing demand. It’s of course good news for the industry, and for the balance sheet, but, pardon the pun, there’s a catch.

QRILL Aqua reduces costly ingredients in shrimp diets

Sustainable and effective ingredients are key in aquaculture today. Challenges are that feed raw materials can fluctuate in price, quality and availability. But adding QRILL Aqua to the diet, provides opportunities to feed producers as they reduce or exclude some of these ingredients.

Krill performance for all

Sports performance is exactly what it sounds like. It is training designed specifically to improve an individual’s performance within their sport, including any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. This means that endurance exercise adheres strictly to the principle of specificity: the body will adapt in direct relation to the stressors placed on it. So, move, eat, rest, repeat makes for a decent training plan, up to a point. However, if you want to maximize your performance gains, eventually you need to train smarter: smarter movement, smarter eating and smarter recovery. Believe it or not, this advice works for aspiring athletes, man’s best friend – the dog, and farmed aquatic animals (fish and shrimp) alike.

Triathletes and salmon are more related than what we think. Why?

Having krill in the diet improves performance across species. This lead to an unusual, but exciting visit of the Norwegian professional long distance triathlete, Hans Christian Tungesvik, to our partner BioMar during the AquaSur 2018 International Fair in Chile. Read this blog with Hans Christian’s own words on his experience as well as the link between himself and salmon performance.

How to beat the shrimp blues with krill

Numerous consumer studies, and surveys of processors and importers, including two separate independent reports on US and UK buying attitudes conducted in January 2018, supported by AKBM, show that color is a key factor for consumers, when buying shrimps.  

New study shows potential future of aquaculture feed

With both fish meal and fish oil suffering from price issues, along with concerns over sustainability, the search for suitable aquaculture feed ingredients to replace them is constant. A new study shows that the amount of fish meal can be reduced, if krill meal is added to feed, with growth performance actually improving.  

Antarctic krill - a sustainable protein source for fish and shrimp

Krill is an important source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and feed attractants which makes it a great ingredient in feeds for fish and shrimp.

The diet of farmed fish naturally corresponds with their health and end quality

What farmed fish are fed naturally corresponds with their health, robustness, and end quality. Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) has numerous benefits which are scientifically well-documented.

When end customer experience matters

All fish farmers wish to ensure high quality products. This is not only of great value for private customers, but also the restaurant industry  especially those serving raw fish.

How we're making QRILL Aqua

All QRILL Aqua products origin from the pristine waters of Antarctica. Krill is harvested with our ECO-Harvesting technology that protects the environment from by-catch, and is processed on-board our vessels to ensure that our customers benefit from fresh and high-quality ingredients. Get a glimpse into how we make our QRILL ingredients through the words and insight of Viggo Brevik, former Factory Manager and now Fleet Production Director in Aker BioMarine.

Harvesting krill for QRILL Aqua

All QRILL Aqua products origin from the pristine waters of the Antarctic. We treat the wildlife with respect, and make sure that our operations are adhering to strict standards. Get a glimpse into the krill fishery of Aker BioMarine.


Do you want to do studies on krill?

Aker BioMarine would like to support academic institutions and companies who want to conduct quality investigations of krill material in Open Innovation projects. To further leverage our unique resource and a skilled team of 17 scientists, we welcome Open Innovation partners to expand the knowledge and amount of research on our krill products. Our scientific team is available to offer advice to interested partners on all aspects of research and product development with the aim to ensure the highest quality and efficiency of future investigations and innovations.


How astaxanthin functions in different shrimp growth stages

Due to its characteristic advantages, astaxanthin krill oil inclusion into shrimp feed shows promise to improve growth performance at all developmental shrimp stages, from larval to broodstock. Learn how astaxanthin functions in the different stages of a shrimps life cycle.

How will the growth in fish consumption impact the breeding of fish?

With the worldwide consumption of fish continuing to grow, driven by ever increasing demand in developing countries, breeders are required to produce larger fish, in even less time. Combine that with the obvious need to ensure harvested fish are also healthy and free from disease, and the stress on breeders can be significant.

Krill as feed attractant and shrimp and fish growth accelerator

Do you know what QRILL Aqua is?

In Aker BioMarine, we strive to make our ingredients the finest quality available - providing products for our partners that we can be proud of. We are openly sharing our knowledge and experience to partners to help secure their success with QRILL. Following are some facts about QRILL Aqua.   

Boosting health effects for salmon and athletes

The future is looking bright for aquaculture going forward. With our health and the health of the planet in mind, salmon is considered to be a part of a preferable diet due to our needs for marine omega-3s and proteins. Aker BioMarine CEO, Matts Johansen believes that the salmon industry should focus even more on the positive health effects of eating salmon. "Many people think that all fish are the same, but there is a difference between fish fingers and a salmon fillet", he says.

4 reasons why the salmon market will experience a significant growth

One of nature’s best sources of protein and an unrivalled farm product that leaves a minimal environmental impact, the demand for salmon is rising. Farmed salmon have increasingly become an important part of the diet for people all over the world and we have looked into four reasons why the salmon market is growing.

The value of a great partnership

In Aker BioMarine, we believe in building a stronger relationship with our partners. Instead of short-term business transactions, long-term customer partnerships are important to identify key industry challenges and put our heads together to solve them, says EVP QRILL Sales Sigve Nordrum. 

EAT and Aker BioMarine to promote sustainable aquaculture in Asia-Pacific

We always try to think outside the box, when showing gratitude towards our partners. This year, instead of sending the usual Christmas gift to our customers in Aquaculture we made a donation in their name to EAT. The philosophy was to give a gift that reflected the triple bottom line; people, planet and profit.

Sustainable solutions is an industry preference

High on the 2018 agenda, is planning for a sustainable future. We discuss solutions on waste, plastic in oceans and the need for food increase – to mention a few.

Why omega-3 fatty acids are essential to fish

QRILL Aqua - a high quality ingredient for fish and shrimp feed

Continued growth of aquaculture and the change from small-scale to high intensity, industrial farming has increased the need for sustainable protein sources in both shrimp and fish feeds. QRILL Aqua, from Antarctic Krill, is used in fish and shrimp feed around the world. It functions as a sustainable attractant and growth accelerator. Read about the aquaculture market and the potential of krill meal as a feed ingredient below.

How we use sustainability as a winning strategy

We have incorporated UNs sustainability goals as a central part of our strategy. Read this interview with Anne Ågård Syversen, Head of Sales for Asia Pacific and Cilia Holmes Indahl, Sustainability Director, on how the organization has been able to do this and how we work to have the entire industry do the same.

How to use Astaxanthin Krill Oil in Shrimp Diets

Astaxanthin krill oil from Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS is produced from Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). It is an interesting feed ingredient for shrimp containing no protein, but neutral lipids, omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin. Read about its beneficial effects and how it can be used in high performance shrimp feed.

Safeguarding Fish Health with Krill

It’s simple. For any fishery to continue fishing, it is important not to overfish the very source they depend on. With the increasing pressure on aquaculture to feed the growing population, the need for sustainably sourced marine ingredients has never been greater. Feed producers and fish farmers play a unique role in setting the standard for sustainability in fish feed, by choosing feeds that promote both fish health and the future of fisheries.

Omega-3 vs Omega-6 - do fish need both?

As with humans, a strong immune system is vital for fish to maintain good health. When the immune system is weakened, the body does not function well and one tends to be prone to illness. If so, recovering from illness is even harder.  Let’s take a look at a scientific approach to why this is the case.

Krill - a sustainable marine ingredient for aquafeeds

The roots of the global krill fishery

Did you know that krill have the biggest biomass of any animal species on earth – twice as much as humans, and they’re present in all the oceans. However, it is only in Antarctica that they school in high enough densities to be caught commercially, so this is where the krill fishing industry has developed. The Soviet Union were the pioneers – during the 1960s they had over 100 krill fishing vessels and, up until the collapse of the state, we heard that they were canning cooked krill and feeding it to their troops.

QRILL Aqua product areas

For salmonoids

For salmonids, QRILL Aqua is proven to improve feed uptake and speed up growth. The fish becomes healthier and fillet quality is much better. There’s a reason the world’s most successful salmon farming companies raise their salmon on feed made with QRILL Aqua.

For Shrimp

For shrimp, QRILL Aqua and Astaxanthin Oil is proven to increase feed uptake resulting in faster growing, healthier, and tastier shrimp that look great. Whether your shrimp farming goal is to speed up growth, improve health, and enhance the final product’s taste — or maximize uptake during the starter feed stage — there is a tried and tested QRILL product.

Marine Fish

for fish

QRILL Aqua is used to enhance feed uptake and growth performance of many marine fish species, such as sea bass or sea bream. The world’s most successful marine fish farming companies rely on feed made with QRILL Aqua.