For the sixth year in a row, Aker BioMarine has been awarded an A rating by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
Each year, the SFP releases a Reduction Fisheries Sustainability Overview which analyses reduction fishery stocks worldwide. Rating criteria is based on five key areas namely management strategy, managers’ compliance, fishers’ compliance, current stock health and future stock health. Aker BioMarine and the overall krill fishery scored more than eight points, earning an A rating.
“We are very pleased to see that the strict quotas, the transparency through observer coverage and the collective industry efforts within the Antarctic krill fishery continues to receive the SFP’s appraisal,” said Runa Haug Khoury, director sustainability and public affairs at Aker BioMarine.
“What we are trying to achieve in the Antarctic krill fishery is an example of data driven innovation for improved ocean management that we hope will have learning effects spreading to other, less well-managed fisheries,” she added.
Three per cent of the total catch volume of the reduction fisheries in this analysis comes from stocks in very good condition (Category A). As in the previous editions, this corresponds to a single fishery: Antarctic krill – Atlantic Southern Ocean. This stock is managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and has had MSC-certified fisheries since 2010.