Anytime we harvest a natural resource, we have to ask ourselves the question, “Is this okay for the planet? Is it sustainable?”
The krill fishery is highly sustainable. According to Luc Rainville, Oceanographer and Director of Scientific &Regulatory affairs at Neptune Technologies “It is the most regulated fishery in the world.” Krill – the tiny shrimp-like crustacean – is one of the most abundant biomasses on the planet. Between 420 million and 700 million metric tons inhabit the Antarctic waters. It is a food source for whales, penguins, seals and birds that effortlessly repopulates itself each spring during spawning season – including the small amount harvested by the krill fishing industry.
The krill fishing industry is closely monitored and regulated by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), a 25-member-country convention created to protect marine ecosystems. It requires that every fishing boat be licensed, and sets strict limits on how they fish and how much they catch.
Strict annual catch limits
The CCAMLR has capped the total amount of Antarctic krill that may be fished by the entire industry at 620,000 tons collectively (that is the equivalent of 1% of the total krill population).
In addition, that quota has never been reached: only 200,000 tons have ever been harvested in the last years, which represents only 0.06% of the total krill biomass.
Friend of the Sea Certification
“Friend of the Sea” is a leading international certification project for products originating from both sustainable fisheries – including krill harvesting – and aquaculture. Products and their origins are audited onsite by independent international certification bodies, against strict Friend of the Sea sustainability criteria.
Look for this sustainable-sourcing certification label on the products you choose.
OCEANO3 Krill Oil – Certified Sustainable
OCEANO3 Krill Oil is made by the Canadian company Neptune Technologies & Bioressources. Neptune is certified by the non-profit marine conservation group “Friend of the Sea” for sustainable krill harvesting practices. Something we are very proud of, and that gives you the peace of mind that doing good for your body is not doing harm to the Antarctic ecosystem.