Krill are small crustaceans that live in huge swarms in the sea, including in the Antarctic waters. The small size of this species reflects by no means its relevance and impact on the ecosystem. The Antarctic krill is the most important food source for marine animals and therefore the very foundation of life for baleen whales, seals, penguins, and many other inhabitants of the polar region.
Krill is central for the binding and storage of carbon dioxide. Scientists have discovered that the krill species captures millions of tons of greenhouse gasses every year. The Antarctic serves as a carbon sink for the entire planet and its protection should therefore be a top priority in the fight against climate change.
Krill is used for a wide range of purposes – though most of them are unnecessary practices in the creation of luxury products. For instance, krill is used to give farmed salmon its red color. It is also an ingredient in cheap dietary supplements or used to feed other farmed fish. It is a multimillion dollar business for the companies running the krill hunting fleets.
Scientists have discovered a sharp decline in the numbers of fin whale pregnancies, a decrease in the average weight of fur seals, as well as a decline of the chinstrap penguin population. They suspect these declines are in direct connection to the excessive fishing of krill. All of these animals are feeding on krill. And all are essential players in the Antarctic ecosystem – which is why their future depends on our efforts to protect Antarctica and the Antarctic krill. And lest we forget: the declining population of krill also causes the further decrease of carbon being filtered from the atmosphere.
Sea Shepherd is a global marine conservation organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and, where necessary, defending the oceans. The oceans face countless threats that occur far from the public eye and its inhabitants are relentlessly plundered as a resource. Sea Shepherd intervenes directly where it is possible, cooperates with law enforcement agencies worldwide, and is documenting malpractices where a direct intervention is not possible.
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Sea Shepherd opposed Japanese whalers in Antarctica for ten years until they stopped coming back and the region seemed secured. Then, in 2014 and 2015, Sea Shepherd returned to Antarctica to confront another threat. For 110 days the crew of Sea Sheperds then flagship «Bob Barker» pursued the Interpol-wanted Fish trawler «Thunder» and brought an end to its illegal activities and those of its sisterships.
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The next round of the campaign «Antarctica Defense» will take place in early 2024. During that time Sea Shepherd will be accompanied by a BBC film crew that will document the situation in the Antarctic and subsequently broadcast the effects of the Antarctic krill fishing malpractices to the world. These images will finally be able to expose the silent drama that currently is taking place and is hidden from the public eye. Our goal is to stop the CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) from increasing the krill fishing quotas and instead rescind them for good. The polar sea creatures need the krill, humankind needs them, therefore the Antarctic needs us. Sea Shepherd already made an impact last year, when two of the large krill trawlers immediately left the area when our new Ship «Allankay» and its crew appeared in Antarctica.
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Sea Shepherd is a registered non-profit organization, therefore your donation is tax-deductible according to local tax regulations. You will receive a donation receipt by email. Please keep it as it is your official proof of tax deductibility.
1. After your donation, you will instantly receive an e-mail confirmation (for taxes etc.).
2. Within a few days, a gift certificate will be sent to you (if ordered) by e-mail for you or the person you are gifting the donation to. If there are several people (for companies or associations), several certificates can be issued - if desired they can be sent physically as well.
3. In January or February our crew will send you a thank you video from our Antarctica campaign.