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Sustainable operations

One of the most sustainable fisheries in the world

The Aker Biomarine krill fishery operates in Area 48, just below the tip of South America. This fishery is regarded by independent NGOs as one of the most sustainable in the world, with responsible and environmental operations at the core.

Either we do it in a sustainable way, or we don't do it at all.
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Matts Johansen

CEO, Aker BioMarine

from the beginning

Sustainability is our foundation

The Aker BioMarine krill fishery is now rated as the worlds most sustainable reduction fishery, being the only fishery to receive an 'A' rating from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. 

Before we deployed our very first fishing net in the Southern Ocean, we started a dialogue with WWF-Norway to ensure that our operations would have low impact on the Antarctic ecosystem. Ambitious goals are essential to overcoming the global challenges that will impact — and drive — the future of our business: loss of biodiversity, resource scarcity, lifestyle disease threats, and climate change.

We intend to be part of the solution to these challenges. Read more about Aker Biomarine's krill fishery.



MSC Certified

MSC certification guarantees that the marine resources are harvested using sustainable methods and that all products are traceable throughout the supply chain. Aker BioMarine was the first krill fishery to receive the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification in 2010, 2015, and received a re-certification in 2020 for another five years. 

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Unique SFP 'A' Rating

For the fifth year in a row, the Aker BioMarine Antarctic krill fishery received an “A” rating for its well-managed fishery from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). The independent report states that the fish stocks are listed in “very good condition,” and the krill fishery in the Atlantic Southern Ocean is once again singled out as being particularly well-managed.




Eco-Harvesting is proprietary technology is developed by Aker BioMarine to harvest krill in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. The trawling system is continuously submerged and a hose gently brings the krill on board the vessel, reducing the risk of by-catch of other species. Check out the video below to see this technology in action.

Download whitepaper

Get your sustainability whitepaper here

This whitepaper covers Aker BioMarine's sustainable harvesting operations in the pristine Antarctic waters



A little more about Eco-Harvesting from our boat Captain.

Precautionary catch limit

The Antarctic Krill Fishery operates only within a small area of the Southern Ocean, called Area 48. Within this area, the CAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) has set a catch quota of 1% of the total biomass which makes it one of the most precautionary in the world, ensuring the sustainable replenishment of stocks. In comparison, many other fisheries are considered sustainable with a catch quota of 10%. 
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Did you know that our krill oil is also 100% traceable?

You can track our Superba Krill oil right back to the origin, which means when you buy our krill oil, you can be sure that it comes from a reputable, trusted source.