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    Posted March 30, 2014 by
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    Aker BioMarine Antarctic Supports Earth Hour 2014

     
    On Saturday, March 29th, Aker BioMarine Antarctic, an integrated biotechnology company dedicated to the sustainable harvest of krill and development of krill-derived biotech products, supported the global Earth Hour movement, which encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to the planet. From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, the company shut off the lights on its three vessels in the Southern Ocean.

    Currently, Aker BioMarine actively collaborates with environmental organizations around the globe, working in particular with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF-Norway) since 2006 to develop and apply best practices in its own fishing operations in Antarctica. Participating in Earth Hour is just another sign of respect and appreciation for the organization and its global environmental efforts.

    “We have always been committed to the environment and frequently go beyond traditional approaches in our business,” said Matts Johansen, Chief Operating Officer, Aker BioMarine Antarctic. “This is why we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this important and unique event.”

    Aker BioMarine Antarctic’s Ongoing Sustainability Efforts At-a-Glance:

    • Spent nearly a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars building and perfecting the most appropriate infrastructure for the sustainable harvest of Antarctic krill
    • Addresses sustainability on several different fronts, from third party research to environmental partnerships to technological developments
    • Produces its products through a completely transparent supply chain; on-board GPS tracking system allows fishing vessels to record the exact location of each krill catch
    • Share best practices with the industry; work to ensure sustainability for all parties; and collaborate with several environmental authorities such as WWF-Norway, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the British Antarctic Survey and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)

    Photo credit: Aker BioMarine Antarctic

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