Wednesday, July 11, 2018

12/07/2018: Vast majority of krill fishing companies back call to protect Antarctic Ocean

A Greenpeace campaign to protect the Antarctic Ocean, backed by 1.7 million people globally, has received the unprecedented support of the vast majority of krill fishing companies operating in Antarctic waters.

The move was announced at Greenpeace's Antarctic 360° event in Cambridge, UK, attended by scientists and Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem, who joined Greenpeace's expedition to the Antarctic in January 2018.
 
Krill under the ice
Image credit: Aker Biomarine

This major announcement from a group of the largest krill fishing companies will see nearly all krill companies operating in the Antarctic voluntarily stop fishing in huge areas around the Antarctic Peninsula, including "buffer zones" around breeding colonies of penguins, to protect Antarctic wildlife. Krill is a small crustacean which is a keystone species in the Antarctic food web, eaten by penguins, seals, whales and other marine life.

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


Read the full article on the International Aquafeed website, HERE.

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