The New York Times published an article on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, quoting Matts Johnasen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS on the subject of krill sustainability. The fair and balanced article by Susan Moran covered the recent history of the krill fishery and featured researchers studying krill near Palmer Station, the US research facility off the western Antarctic Peninsula. It can be found here.
The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) carefully regulates the krill fishery in the Southern Ocean and has set catch limits which are well above the current harvesting levels. It is generally agreed by experts in the field that the krill fishery today is well managed and sustainable. Continual monitoring of the fishery and the health of the stock is still considered essential.
According to the Times article, "Some scientists say the Antarctic krill fishery is the world's most underexploited marine resource." The article went on to quote Deborah K. Steinberg, a biological oceanographer at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point: "I'm not worried at current levels of the fishing effort. But I do worry about the future if the industry really starts to take off. We have to keep a close eye on it."
Aker BioMarine's Matts Johansen was also quoted in the article, stating that krill is indeed one of the most sustainable fisheries today. He's spoken extensively on this subject with the media and elaborates on his Times' quote by adding, "WWF -Norway and Aker BioMarine are working together for a sustainable management of the krill resource in the Sothern ocean. The outcome of the cooperation has been several scientific reports that are being submitted to CCAMLR, that manages the fishery in these waters."
Aker BioMarine Antarctic is the only krill ingredient marketer that is primary in its supply. Aker BioMarine Antarctic's proprietary Eco-Harvesting(TM) technology and on-board, ISO Certified processing result in the unique composition of Superba(TM) Krill Oil and provide full traceability from sea to shelf. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has granted MSC Certification to Aker BioMarine Antarctic'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 BioMarine Antarctic 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. Superba(TM) Krill Oil is has obtained both GRAS and NDIN.
About SuperbaTM Krill Oil
Superba(TM) Krill Oil is a pure, natural source of the health-promoting EPA & DHA omega-3 essential fatty acids and the naturally occurring antioxidant astaxanthin. The uniqueness of Superba(TM) Krill Oil is that the omega-3 fatty acids are provided in phospholipid form. In vitro, in vivo and human clinical research has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of SuperbaTM Krill Oil.
About Aker BioMarine Antarctic
Aker BioMarine Antarctic is an integrated biotechnology company dedicated to the sustainable harvesting of krill and development of krill-derived biotech products. The company supplies biomarine ingredients through an optimized value chain from raw materials to customers. Aker BioMarine Antarctic's SuperbaTM Krill products are provided with 100% traceability from the Antarctic sea to the end user. Only Aker's krill fishery has been awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification.