Aker BioMarine, in cooperation with the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, and the Marine Research Assessment Group (MRAG) Ltd., is supporting an acoustic survey near the South Orkney Islands off the northeastern tip of Antarctica. This is part of an ongoing effort from WWF-Norway and Aker BioMarine to support sustainable fishing practices and to assist in the collection of scientific data to monitor the health and size of the krill biomass in Antarctica. Aker BioMarine has committed to donate the Saga Sea, its krill trawler in the Southern Ocean, to the researchers for five days annually.
The researchers along with an MRAG observer have just returned from their first five-day journey on board the Saga Sea. The survey will provide fresh data to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) by which to monitor and set the annual krill fishing quotas and will help to ensure that the krill fisheries currently in the Antarctic seas are harvesting on a sustainable biomass.
Their full report is scheduled for release later this year, but upon the conclusion of this first week at sea, Nina Jensen, Conservation Director at WWF-Norway, praised Aker's commitment to sustainable harvesting and scientific research. "Taking a week from their harvest season to dedicate to scientific study is a substantial commitment and demonstrates Aker's understanding of their responsibility as members of the world-wide community concerned with the health of the Antarctic and its living resources."
Aker BioMarine is the only krill ingredient marketer that is primary in its supply, providing traceability from its vessel harvesting krill in the pristine Antarctic Ocean through the proprietary manufacture of krill ingredients. The proprietary Eco-Harvesting(TM) technology with processing on the vessel and novel extraction process results in the unique composition of Superba(TM) Krill Oil. Superba(TM) Krill Oil provides total traceability and supply chain management from the sea to shelf. Aker BioMarine is the only krill harvester awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification.
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SuperbaTM 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 SuperbaTM 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
Aker BioMarine 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's SuperbaTM Krill products are provided with 100% traceability from the Antarctic seas to the end user. Only Aker's krill fishery has been awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification.