Environmental Sustainability

As we know, krill is mostly harvested for its oil due to the fact that it’s a highly abundant source of Omega 3 fatty acids (particularly DHA and EPA) along with astaxanthin, a carotenoid known for its powerful antioxidant capabilities.

Some questions that may be on people’s minds are:

  • Does krill have excellent sustainability?
  • Is krill harvesting harmful to the environment?
  • Are krill an endangered species?

First of all, krill makes up the largest biomass on earth – weighing more than any animal population or for that matter, the human population.

Secondly, because there are more krill on earth than any other creature, it is a strong indication that krill is in no danger of becoming extinct at any time in the near future.

In fact, krill harvesting has great environmental sustainability and rest assured there is no threat of krill being over-harvested.

Like any other industry, krill harvesting is also closely monitored and carefully regulated to ensure its environmental sustainability. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), is an international environmental organization comprised of 25 countries. CCMALR’s mission is to preserve marine life and the environmental integrity within and surrounding Antarctica. CCAMLR is considered an exceptional organization for its highly detailed research programs to help ensure successful conservation practices (especially of krill) in the Southern Ocean.

To add, Viva Labs utilizes a proprietary extraction process, whereby the krill are harvested, collected and processed right in its natural environment – Antarctica. Unlike fish which is collected using large fishing nets where the catch is then towed onboard a ship into huge containers that are later brought to a processing plant, krill is collected through a unique eco-harvesting system which involves the net staying under the water during the entire collection process. While the equipment stays under water, a continuous stream of water flows through a hose or eco-portal, bringing the live fresh krill directly onto the ship that also acts as a floating factory. This means the fresh krill is processed immediately rather than storing it and then shipping it to a facility. The use of this eco-portal is not only gentle on the krill’s eco habitat but this collection practice ensures that the krill retains its potency and nutritional value.

Viva Labs’s unique collection process by way of using an eco-portal is exceedingly environmentally-friendly, resulting in very minimal eco impact while increasing krill’s environmental sustainability on earth.

Furthermore, the biomass of the earth’s krill is reported to weigh a range from about 170 million to 740 million tons. Since 1990 until today, krill harvest only totals ONE TENTH of one million tons, which means there is plenty of krill left over, 400x more in fact, for natural predators and human consumption.

While there is still a vast amount of krill left over after harvesting, rest assured this doesn’t mean that krill can be collected carefree and limitlessly. In fact, the CCMALR has implemented precautionary measures to prevent the depletion of krill in eco earth.

Truth be told, without krill, many of today’s marine species would be endangered as krill are their primary food source. It is for this reason that krill harvesting is strictly regulated by the CCMALR and other eco groups.

Fortunately, not only is Viva Labs committed to health through the outstanding quality of their nutritional supplements, but, Viva Labs is also committed to the preservation of krill, its natural environment and the earth’s ecosystem.

Without a doubt, this is more than enough reason to choose Viva Labs Krill Oil over regular fish oil for Omega 3 supplementation!