Aker Biomarine Antarctic krill
Certified as sustainable on 15 June 2010.
Species: Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba)
Location: The Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean, within CCAMLR Statistical Area 48 (click for map).
Fishing methods: Pelagic Trawl
Number of fisheries: 1
Fishery Fact Sheet
More about krill
Krill are shrimp-like crustaceans that swarm in dense shoals found particularly in Antarctic waters. They can reach a total length of 62 mm, with Krill aged 5 years or above making up less than 1% of the stock.
Krill can spawn from late November to late March, although the onset of spawning varies
geographically and year to year. Females lay 6,000–10,000 eggs at one time. However, not all females are likely to reproduce every season, with the proportion of sub-adult and adult females reproducing within a season varying from less than 20% to nearly 100%.
Most interest in krill fishing is in FAO Statistical Area 48. Survey results have suggested that krill density is
approximately 2.5 times greater in the West Atlantic than the Indian Ocean. The southern limits
of the distribution are not known exactly, as a significant proportion of the krill population extends
under pack ice where it cannot be detected. Nevertheless, biomass estimates of this species suggest
that it is the most abundant on Earth.
More about the fishing method
Krill are harvested using a continuous mid-water/pelagic trawl system which was specifically developed by Aker Biomarine. This system, called "Eco-Harvesting™", is guarded by a fine mesh which prevents anything larger than krill from entering the system and is monitored by underwater cameras.
How much krill is caught?
Antarctic krill is one of the best managed, and most difficult to catch species in the world. As a result, Aker Bomarine catches less than one third of 1% of the total biomass of krill in Area 48. Other fisheries in the region catch a little more but the total catch is below 1%.
Product from the Aker Biomarine Antarctic krill fishery is sold predominantly in the US and European markets. Products include pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and feeds for aquaculture.
Actual eligibility date
11th February 2009
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