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Aker BioMarine is a Norwegian fishing and biotech company providing krill products through a fully documented and secured catch and process chain. Aker BioMarine was established as an independent enterprise in 2006, building on years of deepwater fishing experience as part of Norway´s Aker ASA. Its previous business activities were, with theexception of the biotechnology company Natural, previously organized under Aker Seafoods Holding (Havfisk), a 100 percent subsidiary of Aker ASA.

In 2003, Aker BioMarine began what it is best known for: harvesting and processing Antarctic krill. Traditionally, harvesting krill in a commercially viable and environmentally sound way was difficult. Aker claims it has solved this problem through its proprietary Aker ECO-HARVESTING technology.

Aker BioMarine produces krill products rich in omega-3s phospholipids. Krill is mainly used for the production of krill meal and krill oil, which in turn is used for animal or aquaculture feed and for human consumption through health products and omega-3 supplements. The company has registered "Superba" as the company´s brand name for nutraceuticals and Qrill as the company´s brand name for its krill meal and krill oil products for aquaculture.

As for research, a 2009 study of "Superba" krill oil found that it gave a substantially larger reduction of fat in the heart and the liver than omega-3 from fish oil. A clinical study in children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) suggests that "Superba" krill oil offered significant improvements in both clinical scores and in identified EEG patterns as compared to typical ADHD EEG patterns. In one study, krill-fed salmon acquired 11% greater body weight than that of the fish in the control group.

In 2011, "Superba" krill oil earned GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status after an independent panel of recognized experts determined it to be safe for use as a human food ingredient. In one study, krill-fed salmon acquired 11% greater body weight than that of the fish in the control group.

The company uses ECO-HARVESTING, a unique technology that brings live krill on board the boat. Aker´s ECO-HARVESTING technology successfully prevents the unnecessary by-catch such as birds and sea mammals. It also reduces the wastage incurred by traditional methods when a proportion of the catch at the bottom of the net is rendered unusable through pressure from the rest as it is hauled aboard.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified ECO-HARVESTING as sustainable on June 15, 2010. As of 2013, Aker BioMarine is the only krill fishery to achieve this distinction.

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