Aker BioMarine to fund important research projects in Antarctica with guidance from key NGOs and scientists
Aker BioMarine, a leading supplier of krill-derived products to the consumer health and wellness and animal nutrition markets, is proud to have made the inaugural commitment to the new Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR), reinforcing the company's unwavering dedication to sustainability.
'We have spent the last 12 years developing a sustainable harvesting infrastructure for krill and turning it into innovative products with recognised health benefits,' said Aker BioMarine CEO Hallvard Muri. 'All the way, we have been supporting science and working with key NGOs to make sure we are doing it right.'
Now the company is taking the next step, in an innovative partnership with key scientists and NGOs: The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR).
Aker BioMarine's $500,000 commitment: At the seminar, Norway and Australia: Partners in Antarctica and for Sustainable Oceans, Elisabeth Røkke announced Aker BioMarine's financial commitment of $500,000 to the AWR.
'Operating sustainably within a complex ecosystem is not a solo effort; it requires a team effort of multiple disciplines,' said Ms Røkke, representing Aker BioMarine.'Our mission is to ensure that sound science, robust research and a precautionary approach guide all decisions on Antarctic fisheries.'
Lalen Dogan, Aker BioMarine Antarctic's representative in Australia proudly announced that the Australian companies Blackmores and Swisse have also stepped up to become partners of the AWR: 'There are many sustainability programmes out there, but few that include mechanisms for the consumer to get involved in a meaningful way. The AWR addresses that by involving them in opportunities to contribute to the solution, and I am happy that these companies feel the same way.'
New research collaboration project announced
In addition to the AWR inaugural launch, the University of Tasmania and partner organisations, including Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian Antarctic Division and Aker BioMarine will announce a 3-year Australian Research Council collaboration project, which will facilitate critical research on krill biology.
Aker BioMarine's extensive sustainability commitments already include
More on The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund
For more information on The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund, visit www.antarcticresearchfund.org.