Licence to krill: the destructive demand for a ‘better’ fish oil

Licence to krill: the destructive demand for a ‘better’ fish oil

Industrial fishing of the tiny crustacea in a dietary supplements gold rush is threatening the very base of the food chain

This article was produced with the Environmental Reporting Collective, whose full report is part of the Oceans Inc collaborative investigative series on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

It’s a costly expedition, through some of the roughest seas in the world, to reach the Antarctic peninsula. A journey through Drake Passage to Subarea 48.1 faces treacherous weather, where waves can reach 12 metres (40ft) high.

And yet it is a risk that 14 vessels considered worth taking last year alone, as countries increasingly venture into the Antarctic to catch a species with great value to the billion-dollar health supplement industry: krill.

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