Aker BioMarine actively sponsors research on the health of the krill biomass. In addition to donating the use of its fishing vessel for one week every year for pure research, it collaborates with researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, the British Antarctic Survey and MRAG. We also recently completed a 4-year study on the impact of its fishery on predator species that consume krill. The study was reviewed by the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-Operative Research Centre and WWF-Norway.
Believing in the importance of sharing best practices, Aker is a co-founder of the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesting Companies (ARK), a global krill industry association developed to promote research for the sustainable harvest of Antarctic krill and to generate scientific data from krill fishing operations in order to facilitate CCAMLR’s management of the krill fishery.
Aker BioMarine has also formed a partnership with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to measure the broader environmental performance of products derived from the krill fishery. This research quantified the ecological footprint and life cycle environmental impacts associated with the meal and oil derived from Antarctic krill along with the life cycle environmental impacts associated with Superba™ omega-3 krill capsules. Where possible, parallel analyses of similar products were undertaken to provide a basis of comparison.