In the vast undersea ecosystem, little fish, from Antarctic krill and menhaden to sardines and anchovies, are the ones that matter most. You don’t have to be a marine biologist to understand the fact that larger species depend on the existence of much smaller ones for their survival – and that if you have the equivalent of giant vacuums that are sucking tiny krill out of the Antarctic Ocean, it’s going to have a disastrous impact on the more visible forms of life in the region.
Most people don’t realize that the Omega 3 krill oil supplements now being sold are helping wipe out the Antarctic penguin and whale populations by depleting one of their primary food sources. While omega 3 oils may be very healthy for you, the way they’re obtained can also be very detrimental to the health of the planet So if you take them, I’d recommend that you first check the source. The best are those derived from the primary catch (New Chapter’s omega 3 formula, for instance, is made from wild salmon heads).
If we continue down our current road, however, we are in jeopardy of breaking the food chain from the “bottom of the world up,” which will not only end up having a highly negative impact on the penguins but on the viability of the entire marine ecosystem. So while it may seem to benefit us in the short term to “kill the krill” that live in the remotest of oceanic environments, doing so will eventually come back to haunt us in ways we may come to profoundly regret.