Science, Sustainability & Technology are helping to shape the future of the krill oil market

The nutraceuticals market is forever changing, and conscious consumers across the globe have helped create the demand for quality, sustainable products, backed by science. This mindset is also helping to shape the krill oil market and take it to new places like never before.

There is no question that science is one of the most important factors in the advancement, evolution, and continuous development within the krill oil category. To that end, Aker BioMarine is currently venturing into new areas to continue uncovering the potential of krill oil.

Boosting Your Choline Levels with Krill Oil

Did you know that you can boost your choline levels with krill oil?

Choline, an essential, yet underated nutrient is important for proper cell structure, function, and signaling, as well as cardiovascular, liver and cognitive health. The body pro duces a small amount of choline, but we need to get the rest from our diets. Choline intake is actually below what is considered adequate in significant parts of the US and EU populations, as well as Japan.

The science team at Aker BioMarine recently performed a randomized, placebo-controlled, monocentric, two-way cross-over pharmacokinetic study with 18 healthy subjects. 12 subjects received 2 study products: choline bitartrate capsules (providing 620 mg choline) and 8g of Superba Boost™ (providing 572 mg choline). While 6 subjects received the placebo control product (fish oil). When compared mg to mg, choline uptake is at least as efficient from Superba Boost krill oil as from choline bitartrate, a dietary supplement tailor-made to optimize absorption of choline, but those taking Superba Boost had a much lower plasma concentration of TMAO. The study showed that krill oil is a safe, effective and well tolerated way to boost your necessary intake levels of choline without elevating TMAO levels.

Opportunity & Responsibility

Science will continue to help shape the products most sought after in the omega-3 market in years to come, but sustainability is equally important to this discussion. The global demand for environmentally friendly products has helped steer the supplements market into a more positive direction.

One of the biggest and most significant recent developments for Aker BioMarine was a large-scale Antarctic survey confirming the health of the krill biomass. Several governments came together to prepare a systematic measurement of how much krill there is around the Antarctic Peninsula and found more krill today than what was recorded in the last large- scale krill survey conducted in 2000. These findings proved that the krill stock is in a healthy condition and remains one of the best managed and underutilized marine resources in the world.

In addition to the krill biomass survey, a recent collaboration with Greenpeace to create Marine Protected Areas was developed. After many years of dialogue with several of the leading environmental NGOs, the various groups set out to explore how everyone could work together to best support the process of establishing a network of Marine Protected Areas.

Every krill fishing company in the Antarctic became part of this project, proving a huge advancement and partnership toward the commitment to sustainability and support of the Southern Ocean. Furthermore, this also helped demonstrate the unity of the industry.

Aker BioMarine Receives an ‘A’ rating from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), an independent non-profit organization that evaluates the sustainability of global fisheries, recently released its annual Reduction Fisheries Sustainability Overview.

According to the 2019 report that analyzes reduction fishery stocks worldwide, three percent of the total catch volume comes from stocks classified as “very good condition.” As in the four previous editions of this report, this corresponds to a single fishery: Antarctic Southern Ocean Krill. To that end, for the fifth year in a row, Aker BioMarine received an ‘A’ rating from the SFP. The important work of the SFP leaves no doubt that we need a new kind of leadership at sea. We know that we need to harvest the oceans more, but we need to do so in a sustainable way.

Big Data is the Future of Sustainable Fisheries Management

Technology and big data are driving forces in the future of sustainable fisheries management, as well as major focus areas for Aker BioMarine. By aligning technology and big data to its sustainability efforts, Aker BioMarine is aiming to reduce its industrial footprint while strengthening its positive handprint.

Aker BioMarine is excited to announce a new project that will positively impact data collection in terms of the krill biomass. Aker BioMarine is launching an unmanned solar-powered ocean data drone (Sailbuoy) as part of its operations in Antarctica to take a bigger step in a new data-driven era of sustainable fishery management.

The new two-meter long ocean data drone (Sailbuoy) is equipped with echosounder and environmental sensors to collect, process and transmit density and distribution data from wherever it is deployed, in real time. Easy to operate, launch and recover, the unique ocean drone uses wind for propulsion and is powered by solar panels, which charge the internal batteries. Built to be robust and to survive the tough Antarc- tic conditions, it was also designed to be small and unobtrusive to avoid disturbing the local wildlife.

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. All the data collection carried out by the drone has a carbon footprint of zero.

There is no question that the Sailbuoy is changing the way the company works. By positioning it close to the vessel, it will help do the necessary searching. It can also cover remote areas for up to months at a time, telling the crew where and when to proceed. The data is invaluable, enabling Aker BioMarine’s crew to help make operations even more sustainable and focused, lowering impact to the environment.

In addition to the operational advantages for Aker BioMarine, the data collected from the Sailbuoy will provide benefits to the wider scientific community and the krill fishery as whole. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the international treaty managing the krill fishery in the Southern Ocean, has made decisive steps towards a more dynamic and scientific data driven management regime.

There is no question that with the careful management of the fishery by precautionary catch limits based on frequent estimates, the detailed data that Aker BioMarine can now capture on density and distribution, will provide a more accurate picture of the size of the biomass.

In addition to the Sailbuoy, live data and machine learning will allow fisheries to better optimize and manage harvesting patterns, production flow and maintenance to increase efficiency, including the reduction of fuel consumption. Aker BioMarine is digitalizing its harvesting and manufacturing operations in the Southern Ocean and all the way to its plant in the USA to further improve the company’s sustainability efforts.

Protecting the Ocean

With a growing population, it has never been more important to make healthy food and nutrients available while also keeping our planet’s ecosystem healthy. As a unique and diverse system, the ocean plays a critical role in the world’s future. Creating long-term worth and success in a global fishery requires a business approach that values both opportunity and responsibility, and Aker BioMarine works effortlessly each and every day to exceed the industry’s standards.

Simo Echchafai,
Marketing Director

Human Health and Nutrition,
Aker BioMarine

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