Krill form the most abundant living organism on the planet which is lucky for us as they provide one of the most promising new discoveries in the field of health supplements, krill oil. Scientists believe the total weight of all the Antarctic krill is more than the total weight of all the people on Earth.

Since 1994, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has set total allowable catch limits for the entire Antarctic of only 620,000 tons, or 1% of the total estimated biomass in the designated catch area. Krill is one of the largest in the oceans; the actual current catch in the Southern Ocean is less than 300,000 tons per year, or 0.5% of the biomass. These catch limits are under CCAMLR’s strict supervision and are regularly reassessed. In actuality, this is one of the most sustainably managed fisheries in the world.

According to the WWF, Antarctic krill is one of the world’s most underexploited marine stocks and the total catch limit of 8.6 million tonnes around the whole of Antarctica is around 40 times greater than the current annual catch of 210,000 tonnes. In contrast WWF indicated that “As many as 90% of all the ocean’s large fish have been fished out.”