OSLO, NorwayAker BioMarine entered a comment period for the renewal of its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. If successful, this will re-certify the sustainability and 100-percent traceability of Superba and Qrill, the company's flagship krill ingredients.
The report, available here, is now open for public comment until Sept. 13, 2014.
Aker BioMarine's fishery went through MSC certification in 2009, and has since undergone annual audits. The re-certification process takes approximately 18 months, and once completed, ir will apply to the fishery for five years.
Comprehensive interviews were carried out as part of the assessment process, complemented by a full and thorough review of relevant literature and data sources. Key stakeholders in the fishery, including skippers, scientists, fishery protection officers, NGOs (non-government organizations), fishery managers and technical support staff, were crucial to the development of this report. Some of the specific stakeholders included WWF-Norway, Greenpeace and the British Antarctic Survey.
Should stakeholders wish to submit comments, they can complete the relevant documents found here and return them by Sept. 13, 2014. Any claim(s) or claimed error(s) of fact regarding the public comment draft report for this fishery assessment must be accompanied by objective evidence in support of the aforementioned claim(s). Comments should be sent to: [email protected].
When the comment period closes on September 13, the independent Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) will review and address any stakeholder comments submitted. Then, the CAB will issue a final report that includes a determination as to whether the fishery should be re-certified to the MSC standard. The release of the Final Certification Report (FCR) will start the objection period.