Aker BioMarine receives ‘A’ rating from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

November 15, 2019
Sebastian Krawiec

Aker BioMarine has received an ‘A’ rating from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership for the fifth year in a row. 

Aker BioMarine (Oslo, Norway) has received an ‘A’ rating from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership for the fifth year in a row. This means that krill fishery is in “very good condition.” Only 3% of the total catch volume of the reduction fisheries come from stocks classified as “very good condition” says the 2019 report. This percentage corresponds to a single fishery: Antarctic krill- Atlantic Southern Ocean. Unfortunately, the percentage of total catch volume from stocks considered “reasonably well-managed” decreased by 3% to 88%, and the percentage of stock from fisheries classified at “poorly managed” increased by 2% to 12%.

“With a growing population, it has never been more important to make healthy food and nutrients available while also keeping our planet’s ecosystem healthy,” said Matts Johansen, CEO of Aker BioMarine, in a press release. “70% of the planet is covered by oceans, but only 2% of the food consumption and 0.5% of FDA approved pharmaceuticals comes from the oceans. As a unique and diverse system, the ocean plays a critical role in the world’s future. And with a recent global shift away from meat, we are helping to save the footprint from food production on land.”

“The important work of SFP leaves no doubt that we need a new kind of leadership at sea. We know that we need to harvest the oceans more. But we need to do so in a much more sustainable way,” added Runa Haug Khoury, Aker’s director of sustainability.