Antarctic krill fishery certified

Olympic Seafood currently catches around 3% (15,000 tonnes) of the 620,000 tonnes catch limit set by CCAMLR Olympic Seafood currently catches around 3% (15,000 tonnes) of the 620,000 tonnes catch limit set by CCAMLR

The Norwegian Olympic Seafood Antarctic krill fishery has become the second krill fishery in the world to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

Krill from the Norwegian Olympic Seafood fishery is mostly used for Omega 3 supplements and with a growing demand for fish oil products, the importance of sustainably sourced Omega 3 is increasing.

“Consumers may not always make the link between Omega 3 supplements and the sea and species from which they originate,” said Camiel Derichs, European director, MSC. “This certification will increase consumer awareness and challenge the wider Omega 3 industry on their sustainability credentials. This is welcomed and needed to drive improved environmental practices.”

The assessment of the Olympic Seafood fishery also considered impacts of other fishing activities on krill stocks in the area, to ensure that their cumulative impacts are sustainable.

“Since its inception, Olympic Seafood has been a driving force in ensuring good environmental management and responsible fishing in Antarctica," added Bjørnar Kleiven, managing director, Olympic Seafood AS. “Environmentally sustainable management of krill resources is vital to our success. Our use of technology, knowledge and the newest vessel in the krill fishing fleet, mean that we are extremely well equipped to be innovators in sustainable fishing.”

The fishery uses a trawl with a fine mesh panel across the entrance to prevent bigger fish from entering the main body of the net. Nets are also fitted with sea lion excluder devices which close the net entrance in order to prevent entanglement of marine mammals. As a result, bycatch of unwanted species is negligible and there is no effect or interaction between the fishery and endangered, threatened and protected species.

The total krill catch allowed in the fishery area, which is closely regulated by the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), represents just 1% (620,000 tonnes) of the population of krill (estimated at 62 million tonnes). Olympic Seafood currently catches around 3% (15,000 tonnes) of the 620,000 tonnes catch limit set by CCAMLR.

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