Aker BioMarine Antarctic announced today that recently released evidence show low spacial and time overlap between Aker BioMarine’s fishing operation and penguins foraging. This comes from a report released by the Centre for Conservation Georgraphy in Sydney, Australia, written by Rob Nicoll and Lucinda Douglass, entitled: “Mapping Krill Trawling and Predator Distribution; Mapping Selected Krill Predator Summer Foraging Ranges with Fishing Activity of Aker Biomarine’s Saga Sea 2007 – 2011.”
This report, reviewed by leading krill and sustainability experts, Stephen Nicol of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-Operative Research Centre, and Nina Jensen and Fredrik Myhre of WWF-Norway, has compiled fishing data from the years 2007-2011 from Aker BioMarine Antarctic’s krill fishing vessel, Saga Sea . This data has been overlain with available data related to the distribution and foraging ranges of specific land-based predators in order to determine where there is overlap between the fishery and the predator’s foraging grounds.
“When Aker earned Marine Stewardship Council certification, WWF-Norway required that Aker develop a comprehensive research program to map our fishing operation in relation to predator species in order to address some lingering uncertainties about the relationship of the krill fishery on the total krill biomass and predator populations,” says Sigve Nordrum, Conservation Director for Aker BioMarine Antarctic. “The report’s findings, that ‘there is insufficient evidence to indicate that fishing activity occurring during non-breeding times of the year is having any effect on prey availability to krill predators,’ is reinforcement the of our effort to sustainably manage our fishery is having positive results.”
The current report focused on land-based krill predators, the species thought to be most at risk if there is contemporaneous fisheries overlap because the land-based predators are restricted in the areas in which they can forage.
Aker BioMarine Antarctic will work with CCAMLR, WWF-Norway, and other key sustainability and conservation organizations to take further action based on the report’s findings and recommended 9-point plan for continued research in predator mapping and further improvements of the krill fishery.
“WWF-Norway is very content with Aker BioMarine’s willingness to take necessary actions in line with WWF’s recommendations,” says WWF-Norway’s CEO, Nina Jensen. “The measures taken will improve the protection of the krill, the predators and the ecosystem, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the krill fishery,” says Jensen.
Aker BioMarine Antarctic is a primary krill ingredient provider, controlling the supply chain from sea to shelf. Aker BioMarine Antarctic’s proprietary Eco-Harvesting™ technology and on-board, ISO Certified processing result in the sustainable harvest of Superba™ Krill Oil and provide 100% traceability. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has granted MSC Certification to Aker BioMarine Antarctic’s fisheries, an exclusive distinction that no other krill fishery has earned. As part of an established commitment to substantiating krill’s health benefits, Aker continues to sponsor in vitro, in vivo, and human clinical trials with phospholipid EPA & DHA from krill oil, consistently demonstrating a higher uptake of phospholipid omega-3 fatty acids, improved blood lipid profiles, and increased uptake of DHA in brain tissue compared to other omega-3 fatty acid sources.