Krill firms back call to pro­tect Antarc­tic

Fish Farmer - - World News -

A GREEN­PEACE cam­paign to pro­tect the Antarc­tic Ocean has re­ceived the sup­port of the vast ma­jor­ity of krill fish­ing com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the re­gion.

The move will see nearly all krill com­pa­nies work­ing in the Antarc­tic vol­un­tar­ily stop fish­ing in ‘buf­fer zones’ around breed­ing colonies of pen­guins, to pro­tect Antarc­tic wildlife.

Krill, eaten by pen­guins, seals, whales and other ma­rine life, is also an in­gre­di­ent for aqua­cul­ture feeds.

It not only has health and nu­tri­tion prop­er­ties but is also a nat­u­ral source of carotenoids, which give salmon and shrimp their pink colour.

The krill com­pa­nies have also pledged to sup­port the sci­en­tific and po­lit­i­cal process for the cre­ation of a net­work of large-scale ma­rine pro­tected ar­eas in the Antarc­tic, in­clud­ing ar­eas in which they cur­rently op­er­ate.

They are all mem­bers of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­spon­si­ble Krill har­vest­ing com­pa­nies (ARK), and rep­re­sent 85 per cent of the krill fish­ing in­dus­try in the Antarc­tic.

Green­peace an­nounced its cam­paign at an event in Cam­bridge, at­tended by sci­en­tists and Os­car win­ning ac­tor Javier Bar­dem, who joined the con­ser­va­tion group’s ex­pe­di­tion to the Antarc­tic in Jan­uary 2018.

Frida Bengts­son, of Green­peace’s Pro­tect the Antarc­tic cam­paign, said: ‘The mo­men­tum for pro­tec­tion of the Antarc­tic’s wa­ters and wildlife is snow­balling.

‘A huge move­ment of peo­ple glob­ally has been joined by sci­en­tists, gov­ern­ments, celebrities and now even the com­pa­nies fish­ing in the Antarc­tic.

‘This is a bold and pro­gres­sive move from these krill fish­ing com­pa­nies, and we hope to see the re­main­der of the krill in­dus­try fol­low suit.’

Kris­tine Hart­mann, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Aker BioMarine, the largest krill fish­ing com­pany in the world, said: ‘Safe­guard­ing the Antarc­tic ecosys­tem in which we op­er­ate is part of who we are.

‘Our on­go­ing di­a­logue with ARK mem­bers, sci­en­tists and the com­mu­nity of en­vi­ron­men­tal NGOs, in­clud­ing Green­peace, is what makes ad­di­tional ef­forts like this pos­si­ble.

‘We are pos­i­tive that ARK’S com­mit­ment will help en­sure krill as a sus­tain­able and sta­ble source of healthy omega-3s for the fu­ture.’


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