Aker BioMarine Antarctic joined the global Earth Hour movement on March 29 by turning off the lights on its three vessels in the Southern Ocean for one hour. Aker is an integrated biotechnology company that develops krill-derived biotech products and is dedicated to the sustainable harvest of krill.
"We have always been committed to the environment and frequently go beyond traditional approaches in our business," said Matts Johansen, chief operating officer, Aker BioMarine Antarctic. "This is why we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this important and unique event."
Aker BioMarine also collaborates with environmental organization around the world, including the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF-Norway) since 2006 to develop and apply best practices in its fishing operations in Antarctica.
Other sustainability efforts by Aker BioMarine include:
- Addressing sustainability on several fronts, including third party research and environmental partnerships.
- Producing its products through a completely transparent supply chain, using on-board GPS tracking to allow fishing vessels to record the exact location of each krill catch.
- Sharing best practices with the industry and collaborating with several environmental authorities.
Earth Hour is a movement, organized by WWF, for people around the world to celebrate their commitment to the planet by turning off all non-essential lights for one hour. It was established in 2007 in Sydney and has grown to more than 7,000 participating cities and towns worldwide.