Being responsible for the conservation of Antarctic marine ecosystems, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) practices an ecosystem-based management approach. This does not exclude harvesting as long as it is carried out in a sustainable manner and takes into account the effects of fishing on other components of the ecosystem.
CCAMLR is a treaty-based organization responsible for preserving the resources of the Antarctic. The aim of the Convention is to conserve marine life of the Southern Ocean. CCAMLR is concerned not only with fisheries regulation; it also strives to implement a holistic approach to the management of marine living resources in the Southern Ocean. CCAMLR has 25 full member nations, and the process of obtaining a license for krill fishing is stringent and restricted.
Aker’s vessels carry an International Scientific Observer during all fishing operations to verify fishing data in accordance with CCAMLR Scheme of International Scientific Observation and Memorandum of Understanding between Norway and the United Kingdom.
CCAMLR very closely monitors the krill fishery. In Aker’s case, we make sure we harvest krill in various parts of area 48, rather than continually taking from the same place. CCAMLR requires krill fishing companies to report back on a weekly basis—Aker reports back to CCAMLR daily. CCAMLR also requires independent observers to be aboard krill fishing vessels 50% of the time—we have independent observers on our vessels 100% of the time.