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Does your krill come from an eco-friendly source?

Does your krill come from an eco-friendly source?
Date: 2014-10-29
Author: Jennifer Joseph
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Krill oil supplementation has quickly become the choice of many for the support of heart, eye and brain health.

High in phospholipids, which carry omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, these small, red-coloured crustaceans called krill also contain the antioxidants vitamin A and E, and astaxanthin. 1

We know krill flourish in the depths of the cold waters of the Antarctic ocean. But as essential organisms of the ecosystem, krill are also food for whales, seals and penguins, making it incredibly important to use an environmentally sustainable source.

BioCeuticals ensures that it uses only krill products to have obtained certification from the Marine Stewardship Cownsil (MSC); a non-profit organisation whose mission is to help transform the seafood market to a sustainable one by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices. The MSC maintains a global standard for the certification of sustainable wild capture fisheries and a chain of custody traceability certification program.

MSC works collaboratively with our supplier, Aker BioMarine, and their products can now carry the MSC eco-label, providing consumers with a guarantee of sustainability, effective fisheries management, and full traceability from sea to shelf. 

Geocoding: from sea to shelf

Aker BioMarine harvests krill in an area of the Antarctic sea known as Area 48. Every time our supplier harvests krill, the fishing vessel’s coordinates are logged and recorded, to provide traceability all the way back to the exact location of harvesting. 

Aker BioMarine technical manager Alex Tomlinson says the ability to pinpoint exactly where your krill oil supplementation comes from ensures you can be confident that your product is sustainable and ecofriendly. 

“The use of geocoding is a really unique opportunity, allowing consumers to be intimately involved with the origin of their products, which is becoming a real point of interest for the market at the moment,” says Mr Tomlinson.

Traceability and sustainability information is printed on the Certificate of Analysis for each batch, and can be traced all the way from the origins of the krill to the dispensary where you purchase your BioCeuticals UltraClean Antarctic Krill 1500mg.

To trace your krill oil, click here to open up a new window:

  1. Scroll down the product page to the section titled “Where are the ingredients sourced from?”
  2. Find your krill oil’s batch number on the product label (next to the expiry date).
  3. Choose the batch number of your product from the list provided.
  4. Watch as the map pinpoints exactly where the krill that went into your capsules came from.

For more information on how geocoding works, visit the Aker BioMarine webpage

High standards, high quality 

In order to maintain MSC Certification, Aker BioMarine undergoes annual auditing to make sure it is meeting and maintaining certain benchmarks and conditions. The supplier also invited scientists and researchers onboard their vessels for independent research. 

“The Aker BioMarine krill fishery has been evaluated by an independent assessment team, and the evaluators have decided that the fishery is well managed, that the krill stock is healthy and that Aker BioMarine’s krill fishery is sustainable with minimal impact on the ecosystem,” said Mr Tomlinson. 

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Speak to your healthcare practitioner for more information about supplementation. Make sure to always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare practitioner.


1. Bunea R, Farrah K, Deutsch L. Evaluation of the effects of Neptune krill oil on the clinical course of hyperlipidemia. Altern Med Rev 2004;9(4):420-428.