The New York Times published an article on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, quoting Matts Johnasen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS on the subject of krill sustainability. The fair and balanced article by Susan Moran covered the recent history of the krill fishery and featured researchers studying krill near Palmer Station, the US research facility off the western Antarctic Peninsula. It can be found here:
The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) carefully regulates the krill fishery in the Southern Ocean and has set catch limits which are well above the current harvesting levels. It is generally agreed by experts in the field that the krill fishery today is well managed and sustainable. Continual monitoring of the fishery and the health of the stock is still considered essential.
According to the Times article, “Some scientists say the Antarctic krill fishery is the world’s most underexploited marine resource.” The article went on to quote Deborah K. Steinberg, a biological oceanographer at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point: “I’m not worried at current levels of the fishing effort. But I do worry about the future if the industry really starts to take off. We have to keep a close eye on it.”
Aker BioMarine’s Matts Johansen was also quoted in the article, stating that krill is indeed one of the most sustainable fisheries today. He’s spoken extensively on this subject with the media and elaborates on his Times’ quote by adding, “Aker BioMarine Antarctic collaborates with conservation and fishery management groups such as WWF-Norway, CCAMLR, and MRAG. We actively support ongoing research on the health of the krill biomass and the krill fishery’s impact on other wildlife in the area which we harvest.”
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