Aker BioMarine is a vertically integrated company within the krill fishing and processing industry. Our custom built vessels process krill meal immediately after it arrives onboard, via our Eco-Harvesting technology. The fishing location is permanently recorded.
The infrastructure set up on our vessels ensures continuous delivery of krill meal to our warehouse in Montevideo, Uruguay. From there it is transported to our processing facility in Houston, Texas, where the krill oil is extracted using our novel extraction process called Flexitech.
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Being able to trust that your krill oil comes from a sustainable and traceable source is crucial, which is why we have adopted The Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) “boat to plate” mentality.
We deliver on this by adhering to MSC’s Chain of Custody standard. In other words, when you buy a product that carries the MSC eco-label, every company that has handled the product, from the fishery to the manufacturer, has been independently audited to ensure it only uses the MSC eco-label on certified sustainable products, stores MSC-certified items separately, and keeps effective records of MSC-certified products.
Comprehensive traceability, a key feature of the MSC program is important. This safeguard protects buyers and the fishery itself from fraudulently labeled goods. It also helps protect everyone from the risks stemming from marine products made from illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing. Product integrity and reliable claims as to sustainability are ensured — and the MSC-certified fishery of origin receives due credit for responsible conduct.
According to MSC, it is critical for globally traded commodities to know where sources are coming from. Currently, many consumer-packaged goods companies are asking their suppliers to verify traceability back to sustainable sources.
Furthermore, consumers and regulators are increasingly demanding more information about where products come from and the conditions in which they are made. This is what makes traceability not only essential to our business but in the overall marine omega-3 market.
At Aker BioMarine we are known for our proprietary Eco-Harvesting technology, which reduces by-catch to near-zero, as well as fully transparent operations and MSC certification. In 2016, for the second year in a row, the krill fishery in the Antarctic was the only reduction fishery (a fishery producing fish/krill meal or fish/krill oil) worldwide to receive an “A” rating for sustainability from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).
We are also looking into our entire value chain to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions. Our recent investment in a more environmentally-friendly fishing vessel is a first step toward building operations that not only take into account the environment and reduce our impact, but also allow us to do business in a low-carbon economy.