Krill is not an easy animal to understand. Recent estimates put the global krill population at somewhere between 120 million and 600 million tons, and arguments persist over whether commercial krill fishing has any negative impact on krill and the animals that feed on these small crustaceans.
For all of the uncertainties, krill oil supplier Aker BioMarine (Oslo, Norway) wants to at least make the sustainability topic easier to follow. To that end, Aker just published a white paper on krill sustainability.
The krill white paper is authored by Stephen Nicol, PhD, adjunct professor at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies who has studied Antarctic marine life for more than 25 years. Inside this 10-page summary are descriptions of krill living habits, environmental changes that appear to affect krill populations and distribution, prevailing theories around survival of krill predators, and a simple overview of the history of krill fisheries and how they are regulated.
At the Natural Products Expo West trade show held in Anaheim this month, Aker spokespersons expressed pleasure with having a white paper that gives customers and other interested parties a simple starting point for learning about krill sustainability efforts.