Saturday, September 16, 2006

Giant floating vaccuum cleaners in Antarctica

My friend Clif Curtis has sent me an email to draw my attention on the op'ed he's got published in the International Herald Tribune this week-end.

Clif currently runs the Pew Charitable Trusts Krill Conservation Project set up recently to address threats from industrial harvesting of krill, the web of all life in Southern Seas marine ecosystems.

As Clif explains in his piece published in the IHT, there are now huge floating vacuum cleaners out there which are capable of sucking 120,000 metric tons of krill per season. Precautionary measures are urgently needed before species that rely on krill (whales, seals, penguins, etc) are starved or severely affected. A challenge for the Parties to the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources who are meeting next month in Australia.

Salmon farming in Norway and elsewhere is one of the key markets for krill harvesting.

Krill means whale food in Norwegian.

Not salmon food.

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