Krill fishery reports reveal eco-efforts a success

Krill harvester Aker BioMarine has received an A-rating for its fishery sustainability for the fifth year running, only days after an international report found more krill in its fisheries than in 2000.

For the fifth year in a row, Aker BioMarine has received an ‘A’ rating from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), meaning its krill fishery is in “very good condition.” SFP is an independent non-profit organization that evaluates the sustainability of global fisheries. Each year, the SFP releases a Reduction Fisheries Sustainability Overview which analyzes reduction fishery stocks worldwide.

According to the 2019 report, three percent of the total catch volume of the reduction fisheries in the analysis comes from stocks classified as “very good condition.” As in the four previous editions of this report, this corresponds to a single fishery: Antarctic Southern Ocean Krill.

“With a growing population, it has never been more important to make healthy food and nutrients available while also keeping our planet’s ecosystem healthy,” said Matts Johansen, CEO of Aker BioMarine. “70% of the planet is covered by oceans, but only 2% of the food consumption and 0.5% of FDA approved pharmaceuticals comes from the oceans. As a unique and diverse system, the ocean plays a critical role in the world’s future. And with a recent global shift away from meat, we are helping to save the footprint from food production on land.”

The SFP 2019 reduction fisheries report looked at 26 reduction fishery stocks worldwide and showed that 88 percent of the catch comes from fisheries that are “reasonably well-managed.” It also identified an increase of 2 percent in the volume of fish from fisheries that are considered “poorly managed.” For the full SFP report, read here.  

“The important work of SFP leaves no doubt that we need a new kind of leadership at sea. We know that we need to harvest the oceans more. But we need to do so in a much more sustainable way,” said Runa Haug Khoury, Director Sustainability, Aker BioMarine.

“Creating long-term worth and success in global fishery requires a business approach that values both opportunity but also the responsibility of harvesting of natural resources. At Aker BioMarine, we are proud of the SFP ‘A’ rating and will continue our efforts to inspire other fisheries worldwide.”