Posted by: The ocean update | March 23, 2018

Holland & Barrett stops selling all products made from krill over fears for Antarctic penguins

Holland & Barrett is removing all krill-based health supplements from shelves.

March 23rd, 2018 (Sean Poulter). Holland & Barrett is removing all krill-based health supplements from shelves.

The move follows warnings from Greenpeace that fishing fleets have been raiding the Antarctic for krill, which is an important food source for penguins, whales and seals.

The oil from the krill is rich in Omega-3, which is said to boost heart health and support sight and brain function.

Greenpeace says the hoovering up of krill from the Antarctic ocean for human health supplements is putting sealife at risk.

Holland & Barrett yesterday responded to the concerns by pledging to remove all krill-based supplements from its shelves.

However, other retailers, including Boots, Amazon and supermarkets continue to sell them.

Greenpeace is particularly concerned about the harvesting of krill, which are small crustacea, from the Antarctic, which is being considered for ocean sanctuary status.

A YouGov survey commissioned by the group found two-thirds (65per cent) of people think retailers shouldn’t be stocking krill products fished in areas being considered for protection.

The survey also found nine out of 10 people (87per cent) support the creation of a vast Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, which would be the biggest protected area on Earth.

Krill are used to produce omega-3 fatty acids, but they are an essential food for whales, penguins and seals. ALAMY

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