Earlier this year, scientists, NGOs, and krill oil supplier Aker BioMarine (Oslo, Norway) established The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) to obtain more scientific information on the Antarctic ecosystem.
Aker recently completed some work in this market, "which is a new area for us and a relatively new one for omega-3s as well," Becky Wright, marketing director, Aker BioMarine Antarctic US, pointed out.
, Aker BioMarine's
flagship product, is a potent omega-3 product in the brain health category.
According to Aker BioMarine's
(Oslo, Norway) Becky Wright, "The decline in sales due to various negative studies and media exposure around these studies have presented a challenge for the marine omega-3 category."
Aker BioMarine, the largest vertically integrated supplier of krill-derived products to the nutrition markets, has built what it believes "is the most appropriate infrastructure for the harvest of krill, and addresses sustainability on several different fronts, from third-party research to environmental partnerships to technological developments," described Marte Haabeth Grindaker, sustainability director.
Aker BioMarine was the first krill supplier to obtain MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification, and was recently recertified for the sustainability and 100 percent traceability of its krill products for another five years.
Wright said that there is a lot of encouraging news, too, some of which came out of a physician-focused study sponsored by Aker BioMarine
In research sponsored by Aker BioMarine in 2014, 90 percent of physicians said they continue to recommend omega-3s" to their patients despite the negative media coverage.
WWF-Australia and the Norwegian krill fishing company Aker BioMarine
formed a new partnership today to set higher standards for sustainability in the Southern Ocean and to ensure better protection for fragile Antarctic ecosystems.
The partnership was announced on the margins of the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
(CCAMLR), which is responsible for conserving wildlife and managing fisheries in the Southern Ocean.
In the area of the Southern Ocean where Aker BioMarine
operates, the current krill catch represents less than half of one per cent of the total biomass of krill.
has already achieved several conservation achievements.
Further reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Aker BioMarine's
Seeking support from CCAMLR members to conduct a comprehensive krill survey in the Southern Ocean;
Encouraging other krill fishing operators to embrace sustainable methods and MSC certification.
"We in Aker BioMarine
take our responsibility to sustainability very seriously.
has had a very fruitful partnership with WWF-Norway
"In research sponsored by Aker BioMarine in July 2014, more than 90% of physicians said they continue to recommend omega-3s, despite the recent negative publicity.
Founding member Aker BioMarine explains more.
verifies krill oil ingredient as non-GMO
April 2, 2015
Antarctic US, the world's foremost harvester of krill and a leading supplier of krill oil, has announced that its Superba krill oil ingredient has achieved Non-GMO Project Verified status.
Commits to Krill Sustainability
The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) may have just launched in January, but it's already off to a strong start thanks to a hefty inaugural commitment from Aker BioMarine (Oslo, Norway).
Norwegian biotech company Aker BioMarine
, which supplies its Marine Stewardship Council
(MSC) certified-sustainable Superba brand to the dietary supplement industry, has been teaching retailers and healthcare practitioners "How to Speak Krill" through its educational program focused on sustainability, traceability and health benefits.
goes above and beyond for responsible krill harvesting Sustainability
For its tireless efforts to both educate the public about sustainable krill harvests and to work alongside various wildlife and marine conservation NGOs and scientific organizations to preserver, protect, and understand the delicate Antarctic krill fisheries, Aker BioMarine
is this year's deserving winner of the NBJ Sustainability Award.
Though krill harvests are now only about one-third to one-half what they were at their peak in the 1970s and '80s and account for less than 1 percent of the total biomass available, according to Aker
, conservationists became concerned that harvests were depleting food sources for whales and other krill predators and having additional adverse impact through inadvertent by-catching of other species that could harm Antarctic ecosystems.
The concerns grew so loud that in 2010, Whole Foods Markets stopped carrying krill products.
Many retailers followed suit.
Fast forward to today, and WFM
has dropped the krill ban, due largely to the efforts of Aker
Since about 2004, the company has invested in the development of by-catch-avoidance methods like its patent-pending Eco-Harvesting technology that incorporates special net and suction technologies that avoid by-catch.
The company settled on by-catch as a primary area of concern after reaching out to the World Wildlife Fund
for advice on fishing and sustainability.
In 2010, Aker
received Marine Stewardship Council
(MSC) certification for its harvesting methods.
Still, as critics pointed out, there was room for improvement, especially in terms of filling gaps in scientific knowledge about Antarctic fisheries.
To address this, Aker
shares its fishing data with scientists, donates the use of its fleet and crews for scientific expeditions, and has volunteered for 100 percent independent observation of its vessels-double the required amount.
Additionally, in an effort to increase funding for scientific research, Aker collaborated with the Pew Environment Group to establish the Antarctic Wildlife Fund.
With $500,000 in seed money from Aker, the independent organization will spearhead new research in the Antarctic.
says MSC recertification eliminates any lingering doubts on sustainability of krill
January 19, 2015
Aker BioMarine, the world's largest single harvester of krill, says a renewed Marine Stewardship Council certification of its Antarctic fishery should finally put sustainability concerns about its operations to rest.
Antarctic Krill Fishery Still Operating Sustainably
Antarctic krill fishery has now successfully been recertified against the Marine Stewardship Council's
(MSC) demanding standards.
As a result, Aker BioMarine's
krill products, including krill oil, may continue carrying the MSC ecolabel, identifying their origin from a sustainable source.
In order to determine the sustainability of the fishery, a team of independent scientists and auditors considered all available science and reviewed the fishery's management practices against the MSC
Their analysis confirms that Aker BioMarine
is protecting the unique environment, habitats and species living in the Southern Ocean.
The fishery first achieved MSC certification in June 2010.
All MSC certified fisheries must be completely reassessed within five years of certification.
This reassessment showed that Aker BioMarine
not only continues to operate to the highest standards of environmental sustainability, it has also improved its practices and knowledge in order to better manage the fishery.
Ms. Wright said Aker's
most recent 300-subject clinical trial, published in the February 2014 edition of Nutrition Research, showed that the company's Superba brand krill can significantly lower triglycerides and raise the omega-3 index.
For Aker BioMarine, the world's largest single harvester of krill, the real opportunity in the present supply situation lies on the education side, said marketing director Becky Wright.
has long touted its sustainability bona fides.
The Marine Stewardship Council
(MSC) has backed the sustainability of Norwegian firm Aker Biomarine's
Antarctic krill fishing activities, with improved scores.
"During this year's show it was interesting to see what omega-3-centric companies like Aker BioMarine are doing on the sustainability front, as this seems to be a hot topic across the natural products industry," said Becky Wright, Communications & Marketing Manager for Aker BioMarine Antarctic US.
For all of the uncertainties, krill oil supplier Aker BioMarine