Protecting the Antarctic
14 November 2018
The Antarctic plays a vital role in supporting marine ecosystems globally, but is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and overfishing. As a global retailer and the UK’s biggest fishmonger, Tesco has a crucial role in promoting healthy oceans and fish stocks, and preserving its resources for future generations.
We have therefore worked with the krill fishing industry and NGOs to develop a voluntary agreement to stop fishing krill in sensitive areas of the Antarctic. The agreement will help protect vulnerable species and habitats in the Antarctic including penguins, seals, and whales that are dependent on krill for food. Tesco is advocating for formal protection of key areas through the inter-governmental organisation “CCAMLR” (Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources).
Krill from the Antarctic is an ingredient in salmon feed in our supply chains and is also used in some health supplements. Krill feed on marine algae and are also important in removing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by eating carbon-rich food near the surface.
Find out more information on how we are working with other organisations and suppliers to ensure that the fish we source comes from sustainable fisheries.