Monday, December 8, 2008

Gift-giving Ideas for Antarctic Conservationists

From the folks at GIANTmicrobes, a useful gift for those interested in Antarctica. Behold the plush krill! It is often difficult to get people as excited about krill as they are about seals, whales, and penguins because krill are not cute, do not appear to be dressed in formal wear, or engage in impressive water acrobatics. Nevertheless, krill are vital for the survival of their more lovable Antarctic compatriots. This stuffed animal will show the cuddlier side of this very important marine organism. Send one to the arm of your country's government that deals with Antarctic marine resources issues to remind those policymakers that krill are just as worthy of attention.

2 comments:

Kloggers/Polly said...

Has there ever been any thought given to farming krill? As it is a food source to so many creatures, some of which have diminished greatly - I wondered whether farming krill had been discussed as a possible way of preventing further decline of some of these species.

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition said...

To be honest, I don't know if the issue has been considered. And unfortunately, because krill is not as widely fished as other species, many people assume that it is still abundant, even though the information on this is sketchy.