It is not a good idea to engage in large-scale krill fishing near the South Pole, thinks Dr Jan Andries van Franeker, an ecologist at Wageningen Imares. He has just returned from an expedition to the Antarctic, where he studied the role of these shrimp-like creatures in the food web.
Many whale species feed
on krill, but penguins – whose main source of food is squid – are indirectly
dependent on it as well.’ According to Van Franeker, it is premature to conclude
that there is abundant krill in the Southern Ocean.
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