Study shows krill's importance for the ocean’s carbon sink

(11/01/19)

Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) are well known for their role at the base of the Southern Ocean food web, where they’re food for marine predators such as seals, penguins and whales. 

Less well known is their importance to the ocean’s carbon sink, where CO2 is removed from the atmosphere during photosynthesis by phytoplankton and sequestered to the seafloor through a range of processes.

A new study published in the journal Nature Communications has highlighted the influence of krill in the carbon cycle and urged consideration of the impact of commercial krill fishing on..................................................................


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