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Cleanmarine practices ethical fishing methods. We were the first krill oil company in Europe to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as being sourced from a sustainable and well managed fishery.

“To be MSC certified, a robust management system must be in place, the impacts on the ecosystem must be minimal and the target species has to be in a good condition.” - Nina Jensen CEO of WWF Norway.

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MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) Standards

  • When consumers see the MSC ecolabel they can be sure that the product bearing the label comes from a certified sustainable fishery. It is the MSC standards that define the performance needed for fisheries to be certified as sustainable and for businesses to trade in certified seafood.
  • The MSC has two standards, for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. Fisheries and seafood businesses voluntarily seek certification against the relevant standards, which meet the world's best practice guidelines for certification and ecolabelling.
  • When seafood is sold with the MSC ecolabel every business in the supply chain must have undertaken a detailed traceability audit against the MSC Chain of Custody standard. This ensures that only seafood from a certified sustainable fishery is sold with the MSC label.

 Cleanmarine and MSC

  • The harvesting fisheries of Cleanmarine are certified and work closely with the WWF in Norway to ensure stringent operational standards are implemented and have 100% traceability from sea to shelf.
  • As part of our commitment to ethical fishing, every batch of Cleanmarine can be traced back to the exact place it was caught. To find out where your Cleanmarine product comes from, enter your lot number in the “catch locator”
  • Cleanmarine is also independently audited on a yearly basis. MSC have the right to revoke our licence if they have concerns over our Krill Oil source and that licence is only issued from year to year
  • Cleanmarine is one of the only Krill Oil suppliers in Ireland to have MSC approval as it is so difficult to achieve and maintain. 

Look out for the MSC logo on packs for the assurance that you are supporting sustainable fishing practices.


The environment and Sustainability

We work closely with the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living (CCAMLR). CCAMLR is an international commission comprised of 25 member nations with the objective of conserving Antarctic marine life. CCAMLR uses a precautionary, ecosystem-based approach designed to prevent krill harvesting that will have a negative impact on a harvested species or other species in the ecosystem.

  • Every catch is reported to the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
  • Fishing is restricted to a specific region of the Southern Ocean called Area 48.
  • The management of the fishery is robust, as the consensus of 25 governments is needed to change any of the fishery regulations in the Antarctic.
  • The current annual sustainable catch quota is set at 1% (620 000 MT) of the total estimated biomass (60 million metric tons) in Area 48 where we are licensed to catch krill. In 2014, half of this was caught: 0.5% of the krill population in Area 48.
  • The total biomass of Antarctic krill is estimated to be between 125 million to 750 million tons. Yet even with a robust biomass such as this, it is imperative to adhere to sustainable fishing practices in order to preserve the krill population now and well into the future

Cleanmarine customers are supporting sustainable krill fishing practices

The fishing methods used ensure that there is no bycatch of unwanted fish. This ensures that when you purchase Cleanmarine, you have a superior omega 3 supplement which has been sourced in a sustainable and ethical manner to preserve our oceans and our marine life.