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low environmental impact

Bringing down carbon footprint

Among all the benefits of krill inclusion in feed, is low environmental impact one of the most important. By including krill in aqua feed composition, the environmental impact of fish/shrimp can be reduced. This is important, as the composition of aquaculture feed is the single most important input contributing to the carbon footprint of aquaculture products, such as farmed salmon. To unleash the full potential of aquaculture in the decades ahead, advances and innovations in aquaculture feed is a key depending factor. Ensuring enough capacity of new raw materials with low environmental footprints, identifying the most sustainable, low-impact compositions, will require a palette of different solutions. Krill is one of them

Resource scarcity and need for more marine ingredients

60 percent of global fish stocks are either overfished or fished to its capacity. A shift away from overfished marine ingredients is needed for sustainable growth in aquaculture. QRILL Aqua is a reliable and sustainable sourced marine ingredient  best used as an enabler to promote faster growth and enhance health and quality of farmed marine species. Krill is an enabler to do more with less. 

Carbon footprint of Aker BioMarine QRILL products

Marine ingredients, like krill, in feed formulas improve the carbon footprint of farmed seafood.

Aker BioMarine has conducted Life Cycle Assessment analysis of our products showing the superior environmental effect our krill products has on feed formulas. Additionally, we are continuously working to reduce our environmental footprint along our entire value chain together with our partners. For example, we are committed to further reduce emissions from our modern and energy efficient vessels, processing plants and logistics operations.

The sustainability of krill fishery 

Krill is one of the most abundant species on earth. Placed at bottom of the food chain, krill feeds on plankton, which means it has very low levels of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs. Aker BioMarine has since 2006 developed the harvest and processing of krill from the Antarctic Southern Ocean’s Area 48 (Antarctic Peninsula) into high quality aquaculture feed ingredients.

The krill fishery is managed by CCAMLR.org (Commission of the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) in a precautionary and ecosystem based way. The catch limit of Antarctic krill is set to less than 1% of the estimated biomass of 63 million MT in Area 48. Catches are divided into four subareas and closely monitored by
CCAMLR. Aker BioMarine has in collaboration with scientists and NGOs moved to implement industry measures such as voluntary restricted zones with which the company refrains from harvesting 30-40 kilometres away from penguins colonoies during breeding season.

Aker BioMarine contributes substantially to Antarctic research every year, such as through acoustic biomass monitoring for CCAMLR. In addition, the company funds the Antarctic Wildlife research Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) www.antarcticfund.org, which is administered by a board with Aker BioMarine and NGO representatives. AWR facilitates and promotes independent research on the Antarctic ecosystem, based on recommendations by a scientific advisory group, and was created to ensure a resilient Antarctica and fill the knowledge gaps on the eco-system. The fund has since its inception in 2015 funded ca 1 million USD in scientific projects.


Is krill harvesting in
Antarctica sustainable?