Krill play a vital role in the Antarctic food chain, providing a major part of the diet of larger species such as whales, seals, penguins and fish. They are also commecially fished in the Southern Ocean and used in the production of fish food, animal feed and human dietary supplements. But even after almost 100 years of research into krill, our understanding of their life history, response to climate change, spatial dynamics and the environmental drivers associated with them are largely unknown.
The SCAR Krill Action Group (SKAG) provides a forum to guide research directions, promote collaboration, improve understanding of krill biology and ecology, and provide a forum for information exchange. SKAG aims to become the prime conduit between the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which manages and monitors the krill fisheries, and the wider krill science community, thus helping to provide critical scientific information relevant to krill fishery management.