Following the Marine Stewardship Council's second audit of Aker BioMarine Antarctic's krill fishery, conducted by Intertek Moody Marine, the overall score for principle 2 (Maintenance of Ecosystem) increased from 91 to 94.3. Also, all existing MSC-related conditions were judged to have been met (i.e. the score for the relevant performance indicator has been raised to 80 or more reflecting improvements in information and/or fishery management).
"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 audit determined that there is no change in the understanding of the stock status since last year and last year's increase of the estimated krill biomass from 37,300,000 tonnes to 60,300,000 tonnes remains in effect. The trigger level of 620,000 tonnes remains unchanged and, according to the MSC report, "the catch trigger level appears more precautionary than when the original assessment was carried out."
The obeservers on board Aker BioMarine's vessel have over recent years collected data of larvel fish bycatch. Analysis of the data by MRAG shows that the fishery is not likely to make an negative effect on the fish stocks in the southern ocean. The MRAG report also addressed the addition of Aker BioMarine Antarctic's second fishing vessel, the Antarctic Sea, and concluded, "Even if the Antarctic Sea and the Saga Sea were to operate at the full fishing capacity of the Saga Sea, the MSC certified fishery does not pose any risk to groundfish stocks."
WWF-Norway and Aker BioMarine agreed to include a voluntary condition in the krill MSC certification. An extensive report has been made by Centre for Conservation Geography, Sydney, Australia. This report will be available for scientists working on management of the krill fishery and other stakeholders.
Aker BioMarine is the only krill ingredient marketer that is primary in its supply. Aker's proprietary Eco-Harvesting technology and on-board processing result in the unique composition of Superba Krill Oil and provide full traceability from sea to shelf. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has granted MSC Certification to Aker's fisheries, an exclusive distinction that no other krill fishery has earned. As part of an established commitment to substantiating krill's health benefits, Aker continues to sponsor in vitro, in vivo, and human clinical trials with phospholipid EPA & DHA from krill oil, consistently demonstrating a higher uptake of phospholipid omega-3 fatty acids, improved blood lipid profiles, and increased uptake of DHA in brain tissue compared to other omega-3 fatty acid sources.