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Variety

Pacific Krill

Euphausia pacifica

Method

Midwater trawl

Location

British Columbia

Overall Rating

3.4 / 5

Summary

Twenty species of krill live in the waters of British Columbia (BC), supporting a small fishery for aquarium feed. This recommendation is for Euphausia pacifica, one of the most common species in the Strait of Georgia. Pacific Krill biomass has been above the long-term average for the last decade, although biomass surveys are not regularly conducted. Catch limits are conservative in order to account for predator needs and the quota is spatially distributed to minimize localized depletions by the fishery. There are uncertainties around the sensitivity of krill to climate change.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Antarctic krill

Euphausia superba)

Method

Wild

Midwater trawl

Location

Southern Ocean

Overall Rating

3 / 10

Summary

Antarctic krill are targeted by midwater trawl in the Southern Ocean for krill meal, oil, and as whole krill for human and animal consumption. Abundance of Antarctic krill is healthy according to acoustic survey data. Quotas are set with the aim of maintaining the population abundance while accounting for the important ecological role that krill play as a key food source for predators. Krill is managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). Management under CCAMLR is effective. Bycatch impacts of the krill fishery are not well understood, although fishing gear is modified with the aim of minimizing mammal bycatch. There are some uncertainties around the spatial management strategy and the potential impacts on localized depletion of predators. An important factor in the sustainability of the krill fishery in the future is the impact of climate change. Although under current climactic conditions, the fishery is sustainable, changing conditions will cause unknown effects on the krill and their predator populations in the future.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Olympic Seafood Antarctic krill

Variety

Antarctic krill

Euphausia superba

Method

Wild

Midwater trawl

Location

Antarctic Sea / Southern Ocean - FAO statistical area/s 48 - Southern Ocean, CCAMLR area 48.1, 48.2, 48.3, 48.4

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Olympic Seafood Antarctic krill

Summary

Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Aker Biomarine Antarctic krill

Variety

Antarctic krill

Euphausia superba

Method

Wild

Midwater trawl

Location

Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Aker Biomarine Antarctic krill

Summary

Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise.

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