Thumbs up for Antarctic krill fishery


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 25, 2012

Two years after its Antarctic krill fishery earned Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, Aker BioMarine continues to maintain “a sustainable and environmentally responsible fishery.

On Tuesday, the Norwegian company publicized the results of its second MSC audit, conducted by Intertek Moody Marine, and the score that measures the maintenance of ecosystem increased from 91 to 94.3. The audit found no change in the status of the stock since last year, said the company, and last year’s increase of the estimated krill biomass from 37.3 million metric tons to 60.3 million metric tons remains in effect. The trigger level of 620,000 metric tons also remains unchanged.

“We are very happy with the results of the MSC audit of our fishery. It is the reassurance that our efforts to maintain a sustainable and environmentally responsible fishery have been succeeding and it is a mark of confidence in our management of this fishery,” said Sigve Nordrum, sustainability director for Aker BioMarine.

The Aker BioMarine krill fishery operates in the Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean and is managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

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