Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

WWF on krill: "World’s largest under-exploited fishery"

By Shane Starling

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Krill

Krill provides only a small link in the omega-3 supply chain, but the sustainability of the Antarctic fishery is regularly brought under the spotlight, often unfairly says the WWF.

Krill fishery gaining sustainable consensus

While ongoing vigilance about the effect of fishing on krill, along with its predator species like fish, penguins, seals, whales and albatross, is required, the fishery is well-managed, according to Nina Jensen, the conservation director at the World Wildlife Fund, Norway.

“The krill fishery has been going on for more than 35 years…but we have seen an increase both in interest and catches over recent years,”​ Jensen said.

However, “the current catch is only 0.02% of the total biomass estimate making it the world’s largest under-exploited fishery.”

Perception versus reality

All krill players are coming together to ensure the safety of the fishery, said Matts Johansen, the executive vice president for sales and marketing at Aker Biomarine, the Norwegian krill supplier that catches about 50% of the annual catch of 210,000 tonnes.

Despite this management, Johansen said the industry had to keep battling negative perceptions of its activity.

“One of the biggest challenges we are facing right now is that the perception of the sustainability of krill is not matching the reality,”​ he said.

Jensen added: “There are quite a few dramatic stories circulating that aren’t really describing an accurate picture.”

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

MenaQ7® Partners Benefit From K2 Outreach

MenaQ7® Partners Benefit From K2 Outreach

NattoPharma USA, Inc. | 22-Apr-2019 | Case Study

MenaQ7® K2 as MK-7 provides health benefits for all ages. That is a fact clinically proven by NattoPharma and communicated to practitioners and consumers...

Outsmart brain-ageing in healthy older adults

Outsmart brain-ageing in healthy older adults

DIANA, FOOD DIVISION | 02-Apr-2019 | Technical / White Paper

What happens when you combine the brain health benefits of blueberries with those of grapes?
Both Canadian wild blueberries and French grapes are...

Related suppliers

1 comment

Krill sustainability

Posted by Herman Heyn,

WWF's statement is not creditable, especially since on the wall behind them is
the logo of a krill fishery. How about Southern Ocean krill? What's harvesting doing to it?

Report abuse

Follow us

Featured Events

View more

Products

View more

Webinars