Bob Brown Foundation is urging a ban on krill fishing in Antarctica with a demonstration outside the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) headquarters today, during its 40th annual meeting.
Krill are the foundation of the Antarctic ecosystem and factory trawlers currently hoover krill out of the Southern Ocean for supposed health supplements, pet food and fish farm feed.
“To have large factory trawlers invade the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean to remove a foundational species for supplements and pet food is an environmental crime,” said Bob Brown Foundation’s Antarctic Campaigner Alistair Allan.
“CCAMLR is designed for the conservation of the Southern Ocean and the animals that live there. Krill are the main source of food for whales and penguins, but they support the entire ecosystem.”
“We should not be pillaging a keystone species and CCAMLR’s role is to ensure this does not happen.”
“With global warming set to reduce krill hatch rates anywhere from 30 to 50 per cent due to loss of sea ice by 2100, krill needs total protection.”
“Any amount of krill caught and removed is too much, especially for products for which we have alternatives. In the areas where krill fishing is concentrated, it is already having a detrimental effect on penguin populations. The list of threats that the Southern Ocean and its wildlife face is large, but a simple and easy step is to end krill fishing in Antarctica.”