Aker BioMarine was created because of our strong belief in the positive health effects of krill. More than a decade later, our
business continues to grow because we take care of the ecosystem we harvest in. To us, it makes no sense to take something out of the ocean to improve our health, if it simultaneously compromises the health of the ocean. Ensuring the well-being of the krill biomass and contributing towards a thriving Antarctic ecosystem are among our core priorities.
The unique phospholipid-bound omega-3s in krill can help reduce the risk of several lifestyle diseases, including heart and brain-related issues. Aker BioMarine has taken on a global challenge to raise awareness about the importance of omega-3s.
In 2018, 1,28 billion doses of Superba Krill were sold worldwide, improving the health of millions of people.
By 2050 there will be 10 billion people on this planet, which means we need to significantly increase our food production. In 2018, Aker BioMarine’s krill products contributed to the production of an estimated 325 million servings of seafood. Krill’s high nutritional value, its positive growth effects and the active influence it can have on the health of fish will prove invaluable as the demands on food production continue to increase.
We work across our entire value chain to continue to lower our CO2 emissions. Aker BioMarine has built a new, state of the art, krill harvesting vessel, estimated to be 30 percent more energy efficient, in comparison to other harvesting vessels. Saving energy and reducing the environmental footprint of our operations were key focal points when we started
planning the new vessel. It is our goal to lead by example when it comes to maritime environmental innovation.
Believing in the importance of sharing best practices and promoting industry responsibility, Aker BioMarine co-founded the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesting Companies (ARK) in 2010. The global industry association was developed to promote research for the sustainable harvest of Antarctic krill and to generate scientific data from harvesting operations in order to facilitate better management of the krill fishery. The association now has seven member companies from Norway, Chile, China and South Korea. In addition, in 2015, we established the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR), together with
industry partners, to promote and facilitate research on the Antarctic ecosystem.
In 2018, we spent USD 4,8 million on science and innovation projects. Such funding builds scientific knowledge and has the potential to spur popular awareness and consumption of omega-3s. We have launched a research study to evaluate the effects of our krill oil omega-3s on the resilience and performance of some of the world’s toughest Army recruits. Hopefully, the study will motivate a younger generation to boost their omega-3 levels.
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