What makes Krill sustainable?

A small crustacean, harvested in the pristine waters of Antarctica. Read what makes INVI’s core ingredient so special.

 

Certifiably sustainable source

Krill is one of the most sustainable marine species in the world and its limited harvesting is both monitored and regulated by several independent international organizations. [1] The largest of these is CAMMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) which uses a precautionary approach to prevent harvesting having a negative impact on krill itself and other species in the surrounding ecosystem. Though the limit for harvesting is set at just 1% of the total amount of Antarctic krill available, the total yearly catch by the krill harvesting industry doesn’t reach this limit and numbers are far below this quota.

Indeed the Krill fishery have been awarded an ‘A’ rating four years in a row by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). Organizing and analyzing data from multiple stocks around the world to rank their condition and sustainability, an ‘A’ is the highest rating available and means the fishery is particularly well-managed and in very good condition. 

Minimal impact

Krill harvesting traditionally relied on trawl nets, which unfortunately caught a number of other species, such as fish and seals. In the Antarctic’s fragile marine ecosystem, unwanted by-catch like this represented a significant challenge. This is why our parent company Aker BioMarine developed Eco-Harvesting technology. This innovative trawl system gently ‘hoovers’ the krill onboard for processing while the submerged trawl module eliminates by-catches. Developed and refined over almost two decades, our patented Eco-Harvesting system is now so effective that last year’s total by-catch could swim around in a small bucket. 

Along with the catch method, Aker BioMarine is committed to working with the entire krill harvesting value chain, using technology to help reduce emissions on board vessels, in processing plants and within logistics. An obvious, multi-million dollar, example of this commitment is the Antarctic Endurance, the company’s one-of-a-kind, energy efficient krill harvesting vessel. This vessel is 30 percent more efficient than today’s trawlers. Minimizing the need for fishing vessels to spend time and resources looking for krill, the use of the ocean data drone significantly reduces the financial and environmental costs of searching for krill. All the data collection carried out by the drone has a carbon footprint of zero.

100% traceable from sea to (protein) shake

As the only krill supplier that controls the entire harvesting and production process we can trace each end-product back to a precise harvesting location, as recorded by the GPS system onboard each vessel. It is why our krill products are certified Sustainable and 100% traceable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).[2]  

When you buy a product that contains the blue MSC label, every company that has handled the product, from the fishery to the manufacturer, has been independently audited to ensure that the product is certified sustainable.