Aker BioMarine: supports research on the Antarctic ecosystem with 1 million USD

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The AWR ensures the resilience of Antarctica by facilitating and promoting ecosystem research. Since its creation in 2015, the fund has financed 20 research projects and 15 host institutions, including three projects in 2021.

“Aker BioMarine took a leading role in the development and use of Antarctic krill resources. We are committed to having a positive impact on human health, without compromising the health of the planet. To succeed, we we need the science and data available to make sound decisions about how best to care for the ecosystem in which we work. AWR was created to ensure a resilient Antarctica, where the management of all natural resources depends on up-to-date knowledge. The funding will help secure the work of promoting and facilitating high-quality research,” said Matts Johansen, CEO of Aker BioMarine.

The Antarctic krill fishery is considered one of the most sustainable reduction fisheries in the world and has been awarded an A grade for seven consecutive years by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, an independent non-profit organization responsible for assessment of Pacific and Atlantic stocks and fisheries.

AWR was created in 2015 by Aker BioMarine, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and WWF-Norway. The fund’s mission is to ensure the resilience of Antarctica by filling critical gaps in ecosystem research and monitoring.

“While we have learned a great deal about Antarctic ecosystems over the past decades, many data gaps still exist, particularly as the impacts of climate change in the region accelerate. long-term health of the Southern Ocean ecosystem,” said Claire Christian, Chair of AWR’s Board of Directors.

“We are on the verge of having already funded $1.5 million since AWR began in 2015. It has been a pleasure to see so much valuable research resulting directly from our efforts. Now we are committing to donate $1 million more in the next term and we are doing this for a fund that has a proven track record of scientific excellence while also emphasizing support for young scientists from diverse regional backgrounds,” said Johansen.

To learn more about the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund and research projects, please visit: http://www.antarcticfund.org/

About Aker BioMarine ASA

Aker BioMarine is a leading biotechnology innovator and krill harvesting company in Antarctica that develops krill-derived products for consumer health and wellness as well as animal nutrition. The company holds a strong position in its industry and is the world’s leading supplier of krill, the natural, potent and beneficial source of nutrients from the crystal clear waters of Antarctica. The company’s focus on sustainability inspired the launch of AION which helps companies recycle and reuse waste. Aker BioMarine is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (AKBM). See also www.akerbiomarine.com.

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