We believe in a world where all have access to quality nutrition and good health without compromising the future of our planet.
Before we deployed our very first fishing net in the Southern Ocean, we started a dialogue with WWF-Norway to ensure that our operations would have low impact on the Antarctic ecosystem.
Ambitious goals are essential to overcoming the global challenges that will impact — and drive — the future of our business: loss of biodiversity, resource scarcity, lifestyle disease threats, and climate change.
We intend to be part of the solution to these challenges. Our Eco-Harvesting technology and marine conservation practices are making vital improvements. As a producer and supplier of marine ingredients, our daily responsibility is to improve people’s health without compromising the health of our planet and its oceans.
We have decided to be part of the solution to these challenges, and act every day as an environmentally responsible producer of marine ingredients.
Aker BioMarine has partnered with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and WWF-Norway to establish the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR). The fund's purpose is to facilitate and promote Antarctic marine ecosystem research. Since its inception, AWR has funded nine research projects that will improve the management of the fishery for Antarctic krill. Aker BioMarine has committed to supporting the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) with USD 1 million over a period of five years.
In a united krill industry drive, Aker BioMarine is promoting effective sustainability practices through the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesting Companies (ARK). In 2018, the ARK members announced to voluntarily stop fishing in areas around the Antarctic Peninsula, including ‘buffer zones’ around the breeding colonies of penguins, in order to protect Antarctic wildlife. The companies also pledged to support scientific and political efforts to create a network of large-scale marine protected areas in the Antarctic, including areas in which they currently operate.
For the fourth year in a row, the Antarctic krill fishery received an “A” rating for its well-managed fishery from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). The independent report states that the fish stocks are listed in “very good condition,” and the Antarctic krill fishery in the Atlantic Southern Ocean is once again singled out as being particularly well-managed.
Compared to other fisheries where precautionary catch limits are set to 10% or more, the total allowable krill catch is limited to 1% of the stock biomass, leaving 99% of the biomass for other predators.
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) uses a precautionary, ecosystem-based approach designed to prevent krill harvesting that will have a negative impact on a harvested species or other species in the ecosystem. All of our catches are reported to CCAMLR and harvesting is restricted to a specific region of the Southern Ocean called Area 48. The management of the fishery is robust, as the consensus of 25 governments is needed to change any of the fishery regulations in the Antarctic.