The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help transform the seafood market to a sustainable one by recognizing and rewarding sustainable fishing practices. The MSC maintains a global standard for the certification of sustainable wild capture fisheries and a chain of custody traceability certification program.
MSC works collaboratively with Aker BioMarine and others in business, fishing, science and conservation to offer buyers and consumers the ability to incentivize and reward sustainable fisheries through their purchasing choices. All products containing Superba™ Krill must be certified by MSC.
In June 2010, Aker BioMarine’s krill fishing operations received MSC certification as a sustainable fishery, making it the first MSC-certified krill fishery in the world. Aker BioMarine products can now carry the MSC eco-label, providing consumers with a guarantee of sustainability, effective fisheries management, and full traceability from sea to shelf. In order to maintain MSC Certification Aker undergoes annual auditing to make sure it is meeting and maintaining certain benchmarks and conditions.
The Aker BioMarine krill fishery has been evaluated by an independent assessment team, and the evaluators have decided that the fishery is well managed, that the krill stock is healthy and that Aker BioMarine’s krill fishery is sustainable with minimal impact on the ecosystem.
The evaluation has also undergone a peer review process, by two separate and independent scientists to ensure the process was robust.
Aker BioMarine has met all the requirements set by MSC for responsible fishing and has taken our commitment even further by continuing to improve our operations in line with the MSC’s best practices guidelines. This includes conducting independent research and inviting scientists and researchers onboard our vessel.
In order to maintain MSC certification Aker undergoes annual auditing and has to meet and maintain certain benchmarks and conditions.