Category Archives: Krill / Plankton

GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

WWF welcomed on Monday July 9, 2018, the announcement of a voluntary krill fishery closure along the Antarctic Peninsula by five fishing companies who make up the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesting companies (ARK), and which represent 85% of the krill fishing industry in the Antarctic: the world’s largest krill fishing company, Aker BioMarine (Norway), Pesca Chile (Chile), Insung (South Korea),  Rimfrost (Norway)  and China National Fisheries Corporation (China). The companies have also pledged to support the scientific and political process for the creation of a network of large-scale marine protected areas in the Antarctic, including areas in which they currently operate.

Aker BioMarine also says it will support the creation of marine sanctuaries in Antarctica through the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in coming years. “WWF welcomes the initiative by Aker BioMarine and other ARK members to voluntarily commit to protecting Antarctica and its extraordinary wildlife,” said Chris Johnson, Senior Manager of WWF’s Antarctic Programme.

The voluntary krill fishery closure comes as a direct result of a Greenpeace campaign to protect the Antarctic Ocean, backed by 1.7 million people globally; it was announced at the ‘Antarctic 360°’ Greenpeace event in Cambridge (UK). “The momentum for protection of the Antarctic’s waters and wildlife is snowballing. A huge movement of people globally has been joined by scientists, governments, celebrities and now even the companies fishing in the Antarctic. This is a bold and progressive move from these krill fishing companies, and we hope to see the remainder of the krill industry follow suit,” said Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace Nordic Protect the Antarctic campaign.

Andrea Kavanagh, Director of Antarctic and Southern Ocean conservation, Pew Charitable Trusts, commented: “The Association of Responsible Krill harvesting companies’ support for the creation of a network of marine protected areas (MPAs), including large no-fishing zones, is a truly visionary step that more commercial fishing interests in Antarctica and around the world should follow. Cooperation among scientists, governments, industry, and conservation groups is the surest bet to protecting the 30 percent of the ocean that scientists tell us is needed to maintain global ocean health. We expect to see the Weddell Sea and waters off East Antarctica declared marine parks in October. Governments should follow industry’s lead and support MPAs.”

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GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

Continue reading GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

NORWAY allocates NOK 11m to study Antarctic krill ; Current stock estimates date from 2000 & Norway, China & South Korea keenly interested…

Continue reading NORWAY allocates NOK 11m to study Antarctic krill ; Current stock estimates date from 2000 & Norway, China & South Korea keenly interested…

BioMar Group averaged FIFO ratio (Fish-In:Fish-Out) <1.00 for its raw material usage in 2016 “for the first time in its history”

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‘MAJOR victory for protection of Southern Ocean’: momentous CCAMLR members agreement to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea

Continue reading ‘MAJOR victory for protection of Southern Ocean’: momentous CCAMLR members agreement to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea

NEW 13-year study tracks effects of changing ocean temperature on phytoplankton; “Synechococcus and other phytoplankton are sentinels”

Continue reading NEW 13-year study tracks effects of changing ocean temperature on phytoplankton; “Synechococcus and other phytoplankton are sentinels”

LICENCE to krill? “The time for action to safeguard the Antarctic’s waters, the engine room of the ocean, is now”; “Russia is the key”

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“MORE retailers and brands are choosing to use the MSC label to communicate their commitment to sustainability” – MSC CEO

Continue reading “MORE retailers and brands are choosing to use the MSC label to communicate their commitment to sustainability” – MSC CEO

KRILL oil fight & “lasting patent peace”… Neptune & Aker BioMarine reach important patent agreement, recognizing patents’ strength & ending all litigation

Continue reading KRILL oil fight & “lasting patent peace”… Neptune & Aker BioMarine reach important patent agreement, recognizing patents’ strength & ending all litigation

OCEAN warming & acidification impact on calcareous phytoplankton; Reduce its ability to sequester atmospheric CO2

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OCEAN forecast offers seasonal outlook for Pacific Northwest waters; Researchers interested in developing forecasts for salmon & other species

Continue reading OCEAN forecast offers seasonal outlook for Pacific Northwest waters; Researchers interested in developing forecasts for salmon & other species

POLLUTED dust can impact ocean life thousands of miles away; Oxygen losses in tropical Pacific Ocean

Continue reading POLLUTED dust can impact ocean life thousands of miles away; Oxygen losses in tropical Pacific Ocean

CLIMATE change – Greenland ice sheet releasing ‘Mississippi River’ worth of phosphorus; “’It could stimulate growth of plankton at the base of the ocean food web”

Continue reading CLIMATE change – Greenland ice sheet releasing ‘Mississippi River’ worth of phosphorus; “’It could stimulate growth of plankton at the base of the ocean food web”