For the third year in a row, Oslo, Norway-based Aker BioMarine’s krill fishery in the Antarctic received an “A” rating from The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).
The Reduction Fisheries: SFP Fisheries Sustainability Overview 2017 analyzed 20 of the most significant fisheries used for the production of fish meal or fish oil and assessed the sustainability of the current management regimes.
Similar to the findings in previous years, only 2.2 percent of the total catch volume of the reduction fisheries in this analysis came from stocks in “very good condition” and this corresponds to a single fishery: Antarctic krill – Atlantic Southern Ocean. Eighty-one percent of the total catch volume comes from stocks that are reasonably well managed, an improvement from last year, where only 57.4 percent of the fisheries received that rating.
“The report shows a significant improvement for several other fisheries from last year, which is proof that many participants in the fishing industry are serious about doing business the right way,” said Cilia Holmes Indahl, director of sustainability at Aker BioMarine. “As a sustainability front runner, we are very satisfied that others are following. We have openly shared our data and expertise to drive positive change in the industry and take the right steps to ensure that the fisheries take responsibility for the ecosystems in which they harvest. We need omega-3s for our overall health and the all hands on deck approach to sustainability helps us balance our work for improving human health with taking care of the environment.”
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership is a business-focused NGO (non-governmental organization) that is helping to reshape the world of corporate responsibility by allowing companies to directly engage with suppliers of natural resources. As part of the SFP’s mission to assess and improve the needs of sustainability, the organization analyzed data from 20 stocks from 13 species and two main groups (fish and crustaceans), rated according to the sustainability assessment presented on FishSource.