Omega-3 nutraceuticals, climate change and threats to the environment: The cases of Antarctic krill and Calanus finmarchicus

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TitleOmega-3 nutraceuticals, climate change and threats to the environment: The cases of Antarctic krill and Calanus finmarchicus
AuthorsPrado-Cabrero A, Nolan JM
TypeJournal Article
Journal NameAmbio
VolumeN/A
IssueN/A
Year2021
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CitationPrado-Cabrero A, Nolan JM. Omega-3 nutraceuticals, climate change and threats to the environment: The cases of Antarctic krill and Calanus finmarchicus. Ambio. 2021 Jan 27.

Abstract

The nutraceutical market for EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is promoting fishing for Euphasia superba (Antarctic krill) in the Southern Ocean and Calanus finmarchicus in Norwegian waters. This industry argues that these species are underexploited, but they are essential in their ecosystems, and climate change is altering their geographical distribution. In this perspective, we advocate the cessation of fishing for these species to produce nutraceuticals with EPA and DHA. We argue that this is possible because, contrary to what this industry promotes, the benefits of these fatty acids only seem significant to specific population groups, and not for the general population. Next, we explain that this is desirable because there is evidence that these fisheries may interact with the impact of climate change. Greener sources of EPA and DHA are already available on the market, and their reasonable use would ease pressure on the Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems.

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Journal CountrySweden
Publication TypeJournal Article
Language Abbreng
LanguageEnglish
Elocation10.1007/s13280-020-01472-z
DOI10.1007/s13280-020-01472-z
Journal AbbreviationAmbio
Publication Date2021 Jan 27
eISSN1654-7209
ISSN1654-7209
Publication ModelPrint-Electronic
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