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Sustainability notes

This is an overview of how the Aker Biomarine Antarctic krill fishery scored in assessment against the MSC standard. For the certifiers' evaluation please download the full public certification report with detailed information on the performance of this fishery against the criteria of the MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing.

The fishery scored as follows in assessment against the MSC standard for sustainable fishing. The highest possible score for each principle is 100 and a fishery must score at least 80 against each principle to get certified: 

MSC Principle

Fishery Performance

Principle 1: Sustainability of Exploited Stock

Overall:  84, Pass

Principle 2: Maintenance of Ecosystem

Overall:  91, Pass

Principle 3: Effective Management System

Overall:  93, Pass

Sustainability strengths

Some points on which the fishery scored over 90 are outlined below. 

Principle 1: the state of the fish stock

  • The Antarctic krill stock in CCAMLR Area 48 is in a very healthy state. Catches are very low relative to the overall biomass and the stock is considered to be at very high levels relative to un-fished levels.
  • The harvest strategy responds well to changes in stock status and is periodically reviewed to ensure it achieve its objectives.

Principle 2: the impact of the fishery on the marine environment

  • The fishing method is a pelagic trawl and it does not come into contact with the sea-floor, eliminating any chance of impacts to the benthic habitat.
  • No endangered, threatened or protected species have been recorded as taken by the fishery, and management strategies in place to avoid such impacts are considered comprehensive.

Principle 3: the fishery management systems

  • Long term objectives consistent with the MSC standard are explicit within the management of the fishery.
  • An effective surveillance and monitoring system is in place, and there is no evidence of systematic non-compliance with management measures in place.


In order to ensure its continuing sustainable operation this fishery made a commitment to improving its performance where it scored between 60-80. Some of the actions the fishery has committed to are:  

  • Further testing the catch limits in place on the fishery to improve understanding of the impacts on krill and other associated species.
  • Assessing the risk that catches of larval fish are too high and, if too high, implementing measures to reduce the level of larval fish catch.
  • Provide information to assist the ongoing development of management measures that further reduce the risk of significant localized depletion of krill and, if needed, to implement appropriate measures within four years of certification.
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