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Aker BioMarine is recognized for its eco-harvesting technology reducing by-catch to near-zero, fully transparent operations and MSC certification. The Antarctic krill fishery has for the second year in a row received an “A” ranking from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership for having a biomass that is in very good condition.
Still, krill is a keystone species in the Antarctic and we see it as part of our responsibility to not only see it through that the biomass of krill is in good condition, but also the animals that depend on krill as a food source. This is why we established the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) in 2015 together with WWF-Norway and the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), consisting of 30 NGOs interested in Antarctic Environmental protection. The mission of the fund is to promote and facilitate research on the Antarctic ecosystem.
In addition to internal efforts to ensure a sustainable fishery, the Antarctic Krill fishery is one of the world’s strongest regulated fisheries. All catches of krill is reported to CCAMLR (Commission of the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources), and compared to other fisheries where precautionary catch limits are set to 10% of the biomass the total allowable catch of Antarctic krill is set to 1% of the biomass. Together, the whole industry only fish 0.5% of the biomass in subarea 48, located around the Antarctic Peninsula, the Orkney Islands and South Georgia. The management of the fishery is very stable, as the consensus of 28 nations is needed to change the regulation.