Aker BioMarine gets MSC recertified for Antarctic krill fishing
Norwegian fishing and biotech company Aker BioMarine has received sustainability recertification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for the company’s Antarctic krill fishery.
Aker’s krill products, including krill oil, will continue to carry the MSC’s ecolabel. The MSC first certified the fishery in June 2010. Antarctic krill is considered one of the least exploited marine stocks in the world, and an audit of Aker’s fishery shows use of gear that prevents bycatch, as well as independent observers aboard its vessels to ensure sustainable fishing.
“Receiving the MSC certification in 2010 was a milestone for Aker BioMarine,” said Sigve Nordrum, sustainability director at Aker. “We are proud to be recertified from 2014-2020 with a high score and without any conditions. We appreciate that our clients and their customers take sustainability seriously, and that they demand MSC certification from their suppliers.”
“The Aker BioMarine Antarctic krill fishery has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to ensuring the sustainability of its fishing practices,” said Camiel Derichs, regional director with MSC. “Its precautionary approach to catch levels, investments in science and actions to reduce bycatch mean that it is now one of the best performing fisheries in the MSC program.”