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Aker BioMarine’s sustainable harvesting operations re-certified by MSC

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Aker BioMarine receives its third consecutive certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for its sustainable Antarctic krill fishery following an independent assessment. The company was initially certified in 2010, being the first krill company ever to carry the MSC label.

The independent assessment report notes that Aker BioMarine’s key sustainability strengths include the minimum amount of bycatch, its 100 percent observer coverage on its vessels, and the active partnerships with NGOs and scientific institutes that contribute to increased knowledge and raised standards in the fishery.

To receive the MSC blue label on a product, companies must clearly demonstrate that they are achieving high sustainability standards in their operations. Through an independent, third-party audit and assessment, the fishery has demonstrated that the marine resources are sustainably managed and harvested and that all products are traceable.

“Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic krill fishery remains committed to the highest sustainability standards. With their precautionary approach to catch levels, as well as a sound and well-functioning management of the operation, the company is ensuring it has no significant impact to the food chain and future of krill in the Antarctic,” said Linnea Engström, MSC Program Director for Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region.

“MSC is the gold standard for fisheries certifications globally. Through our 10-year partnership they have always pushed us towards new sustainability targets. We are extremely proud of the entire Aker BioMarine team, our partners and our customers, for supporting and reinforcing our sustainability approach. MSC has now validated our efforts with their stamp of approval for the next five years and we will make sure our sustainability work keeps moving forward,” said Pål Einar Skogrand, Director Antarctic Affairs, Aker BioMarine.

Highlights from the certification report:

  • Unconditional re-certification and a higher score achieved in the Ecosystem and Management System categories than in the previous assessment 5 years ago
  • Catch levels well below what would generally be regarded as a precautionary upper level relative to the best estimates available of stock size
  • Active engagement and support to NGOs and scientific institutes, contributing to knowledge production
  • Negligible bycatch and virtually no interaction with species other than the target krill or minimal retained species
  • Well-established and well-functioning management regime and enforcement system for the fishery, including 100% observer coverage and catch reports after each haul
  • Precautionary and ecosystem approach to managing the fishery

Further information


For more information please contact:

Katrin Berntsen
Director Communication
Aker BioMarine
Ph: +47 920 54 570

Ellen Bruno
Senior Commercial Manager MSC
Ph: +46 767869512

About Aker BioMarine

Aker BioMarine is a biotech innovator and Antarctic krill-harvesting company, dedicated to improving human and planetary health. The company develops krill-based ingredients for nutraceutical, aquaculture, and animal feed applications. The company’s fully transparent value chain stretches from sustainable krill harvesting in pristine Antarctic waters through its Montevideo logistics hub, Houston production plant, and all the way to customers around the world.

About MSC

The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization owning a Fisheries Standard, a science-based set of requirements for sustainable fishing. The MSC is the only wild-capture fisheries certification and ecolabelling program that meets best practice requirements set by both the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) and ISEAL, the global membership association for sustainability standards.