Renewed Focus on Antarctic Krill Sustainability

November 8, 2010

Reports indicate that sustainable krill harvesting measures have been agreed upon at last week's annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living.

Increased efforts to protect the Antarctic krill population were agreed upon at last week’s annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) held in Hobart, Australia.

Rising consumer interest in krill products, along with ongoing concern over the safety of natural predator animals reliant on krill, led the commission to establish several new measures for ensuring sustainable krill harvest, according to Fishnewseu.com.

The news site reports that new measures were agreed upon for catch limits for krill fisheries, increased observer coverage of fisheries, and increased fishing oversight with satellite vessel monitoring.

Established in 1982, CCAMLR is an international treaty that is officially recognized by 25 member countries, including the United States.

Nutritional Outlookwill continue to report on the outcomes of the meetings as they become available.