For the second year in a row, Aker BioMarine Antarctic, a leading supplier of krill-derived products to the consumer health and wellness and animal nutrition markets, will support the global Earth Hour movement. Earth Hour 2015, organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to the planet. On Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, Aker BioMarine will shut off the lights on its three vessels in the Southern Ocean.
"To me, Earth Hour is an important global symbolic hour, reminding us of what each of us can do to reduce our footprint and stand together against climate change," said Hallvard Muri, CEO of Aker BioMarine Antarctic.
Aker BioMarine actively collaborates with environmental organizations around the globe, including the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Norway) to develop and apply best practices in its own fishing operations in Antarctica.
This month, the company renewed its partnership agreement with WWF-Norway to strengthen its focus on the environment. Participating in Earth Hour is just another sign of Aker BioMarine's respect and appreciation for WWF-Norway and its global environmental efforts.
"WWF-Norway's motivation in working with businesses is to achieve powerful environmental results. The work we have done together with Aker BioMarine has been very successful in this regard, and has contributed to strengthening the management, research and monitoring of the Southern Ocean. We are happy to continue this joint effort in order to secure the health of the ocean and protect the krill for future generations", said Nina Jensen, CEO of WWF-Norway.
"WWF-Norway has been a true partner to Aker BioMarine in our sustainability efforts. Since 2009, WWF-Norway has constantly pushed us toward best practices, and is now also a partner in the founding of The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR). We are excited to be able to celebrate the new partnership agreement by participating in Earth Hour 2015," said Sigve Nordrum, sustainability director of Aker BioMarine.
Aker BioMarine Antarctic's ongoing sustainability efforts at a glance:
- Earlier this year, Aker BioMarine committed to the newly formed Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR), a first-of-its-kind partnership between key academia, businesses, scientists and NGOs operating in Antarctica. The AWR was established by WWF-Norway, The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS to help better understand the marine ecosystem in Antarctica and to learn more about krill's vital role as a keystone species.
- Aker BioMarine officially received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) re-certification in January for the sustainability and 100% traceability of its krill products. This will apply to the fishery through 2020. To date, Aker BioMarine is the first and only krill harvesting company with MSC certification.
- Aker BioMarine spent nearly a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars building and perfecting the most appropriate infrastructure for the sustainable harvest of Antarctic krill.
- Aker BioMarine addresses sustainability on several different fronts, from third party research to environmental partnerships to technological developments (i.e. Eco-Harvesting®).
- Aker BioMarine produces its products through a completely transparent supply chain; its on-board GPS tracking system allows fishing vessels to record the exact location of each krill catch.
- Aker BioMarine shares best practices with the industry and collaborates with several environmental authorities such as WWF-Norway, MSC, ASOC, the British Antarctic Survey and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).