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The data, which was collected onboard Aker BioMarine’s Saga Sea vessel, will be used to better understand the abundance of krill and its predators in Antarctica.
Scientists from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (NIMR) have completed their first Aker BioMarine-supported monitoring survey of krill populations. Aker BioMarine (Oslo, Norway) is a global leader in krill oil ingredients.
The data, which was collected onboard Aker BioMarine’s Saga Sea vessel, will be used by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to better understand abundance and distribution patterns of krill and its predators around the South Orkney Islands near Antarctica.
The survey is the first of what will be an annual survey as recommended by NIMR, World Wildlife Fund-Norway, and Aker BioMarine.
“This multi-year commitment provides data that complements two other annual scientific surveys undertaken by the U.S. AMLR Program and the British Antarctic Survey,” said Aker BioMarine in a recent press statement. “Together, these three surveys can provide an integrated monitoring system in the areas containing significant concentrations of krill that are the focus of the present commercial fishery.”