Monday, August 24, 2015

24/08/2015: BioMar Group supports research in the Antarctic

BioMar Group presented the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) with a donation for research on the Antarctic ecosystem and wildlife at the opening of the AquaNor exhibition in Trondheim on the 18th of August.

BioMar Group’s support of AWR is based upon a commitment to protect the Antarctic ecosystem,which is essentially entirely dependent on a healthy and abundant krill population. Jan Sverre Røsstad, Vice President of BioMar North Sea, will present a cheque of
US$15,000 to the Norwegian minister of fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker, and to AWR’s Board and Scientific Advisor.
Image: Sylke Rohrlach
“AWR’s efforts to obtain further knowledge about the Antarctic ecosystem contributes to a sustainably managed krill fishery, and has our full support,” says Røsstad.

Following its launch in February 2015, AWR announced a call for research proposals. AWR received almost a dozen applications for funding from leading scientists around the world, who wish to carry out research to aid understanding of the impact of krill fishing operations on the Antarctic marine ecosystem.

AWR believes that only through better understanding of the role of Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean will it be possible to comprehensively protect the animals that depend on it for survival and ensure a mandate for the precautionary management of the fishery.

The AWR’s founding partners include the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), WWF-Norway and Aker BioMarine.

"Krill is the lifeblood of the Southern Ocean and supports important Antarctic wildlife such as whales, seals and penguins. It is crucial therefore that krill fishing be carried out in a responsible and sustainable way. The establishment of the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund is an opportunity to continue monitoring the impacts of krill fishing and to conduct further ecological research on krill and dependent species,” says Karoline Andaur, member of the AWR board and Conservation Director Policy at WWF-Norway.

Read more about The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) HERE.

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