As part of Ridley’s commitment to building environmentally sustainable aqua‐feed products and business practices, which in turn supports the mutual interests of Ridley’s customers, they support the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) and the important work it is doing in one of the critical aquatic ecosystems in the world.
“Partnering with an initiative like the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund, who shares our vision in preserving the Antarctic ecosystem and in particular the sustainable management of Antarctic krill, allows Ridley to take this commitment beyond our doors and out into the wider world”
- CEO Tim Hart.
Launched in February 2015, AWR is a first‐of‐its‐kind partnership between industry, academia and non‐government organizations (NGOs), to facilitate and promote research on the Antarctic ecosystem. AWR believes that only through better understanding of the role of Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean will it be possible to comprehensively protect the animals that depend on it for survival and ensure precautionary management of the fishery.
“It is encouraging to see companies such as Ridley understand the importance of contributing to research within the Earth’s last wilderness. Furthering our knowledge of Antarctica and its wildlife is of crucial intrinsic value to our planet’s future, and will enable the international community to ensure protection of the marine ecosystem, while at the same time improving its management basis based on solid science”
- Mark Epstein, Chair of the AWR.
The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund issued its first call for proposals in March 2015, inviting applications from scientific researchers according to the Fund´s long term scientific research plan. The closing date for proposals was June 16, 2015. Funding is available for research projects up to a total sum of USD $250,000.
Ridley Corporation (Ridley) is Australia’s leading provider of high performance animal nutrition solutions and has been an integral part of Australian agriculture for over 75 years. Ridley is Australia’s largest commercial provider of high quality, high performance animal nutrition solutions and an integrated supplier of innovative, high yielding and sustainable aquafeeds to the fast growing aquaculture sector.
The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund promotes research on the Antarctic ecosystem and wildlife. Its founding partners include representatives of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), WWF‐Norway and Aker BioMarine. The Fund works with both commercial supporters and individuals to raise donations for funding research on Antarctic ecosystem and wildlife.
The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund is supported by: BioMar Group, Blackmores, Dr.Mercola, Ridley and Swisse.