Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic Krill Fishery Recertified Against MSC
2 February, 2015
Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic krill fishery has been recertified against the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) sustainable fishing scheme following thorough assessments from Acoura’s fisheries division FCI.
A major part of the marine food chain, Antarctic krill is regarded as one of the world’s most underexploited marine stocks. Despite their large numbers, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) have set strict catch limits on the species and are encouraging fisheries to operate in a sustainable manner.
Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic krill fishery first achieved MSC certified status in 2010 and the recent re-assessment from FCI included input from NGOs, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries and the Institute of Marine Research.
Sigve Nordrum, Sustainability Director at Aker BioMarine said: “We are reassured that the scientific panel, after an in-depth review of the fishery, have concluded that Aker BioMarine’s krill fishery does not negatively impact the krill population, does not negatively affect the ecosystem and that the fishery is well managed.”
“Receiving the MSC certification in 2010 was a milestone for Aker BioMarine. We are proud to be recertified from 2014-2020 with a high score and without any conditions. We appreciate that our clients and their customers take sustainability seriously, and that they demand MSC certification from their suppliers.”
Martin Gill, Managing Director of FCI said of the recertification:
“We’re really pleased to have been involved in this project. Aker Biomarine run a very efficient fishery and have put a lot of work into ensuring their working practices are as sustainable as possible."
To find out more about our work with Aker BioMarine or our ability to offer MSC inspections please contact FCI on 01463 223 039.