Antarctic companies to voluntarily stop krill fishing to protect ecosystems

Signal of change / Antarctic companies to voluntarily stop krill fishing to protect ecosystems

By Katrina Mataciunaite / 17 Jul 2018

The companies responsible for 85% of krill fishing in the Antarctic have announced their decision to “voluntarily permanently stop” krill fishing in some of its main operational areas. This follows a global campaign by Greenpeace to protect the Antarctic ecosytems and wildlife, which have been reported to be under threat by The Guardian. The Association of Responsible Krill (ARK) companies have also backed the creation of Antarctic sanctuaries, areas of protected marine zones where no-fishing would be allowed.

So what?

Krill are small crustacean animals that support a number of Antarctic animals such as penguins, seals and whales and so, are an important part of the marine ecosystem. They also consume carbon containing food sources, which helps to remove the CO2 in the ocean and thus, help fight continued global warming. Companies voluntarily deciding to change their business operations and supporting the protection of environment and wildlife is a radical step that could really make a difference in combating climate change. Is this going to set a precedent for other companies to follow? Will other industries recognise the need to protect key environmental areas in order for the global food sources to thrive?

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/09/krill-fishing-firms-back-antarctic-ocean-sanctuary

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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