Brad Pitt Krill

November 1, 2011 by staff 

Brad Pitt Krill, There are no small parts, only small actors, or so says the old showbiz saying. Now there are big stars – Matt Damon and Brad Pitt – play two of the smaller parts each time. In a far cry from “Ocean Eleven” (12 and 13) that are providing the voice for a couple of krill, small shrimp-like creatures that form the basis of the Antarctic food chain.

Pitt and Damon and Bill play, krill, in “Happy Feet Two”, the sequel to the 2006 animated penguins dance. Both films have conservation issues. The last movie opens in mid-November.

These names of Hollywood could help shed some light on krill at a time when the species is under pressure, according to the Pew Environment Group. An international meeting underway today in Hobart, Tasmania, is expected to consider greater protection for these small animals, penguins, seals and whales depend for survival.

The growing demand for krill as food for farmed fish industry and nutritional supplements has led to the krill fishing beyond sustainable levels, the environmental group said in a statement. The krill fishery in some areas may exceed efforts to protect animals known to depend on it.

“Current efforts to regulate the harvest of krill shall be maintained and enforced, so that animals such as penguins and seals are not competing against industrial fishing vessels only to survive,” said Gerry Leape, a senior officer Pew in the group.

New technologies allow fishing fleets of several countries in an ongoing process of krill, which captures much more than a decade ago. A rapid loss of sea ice that provides essential habitat for krill adds to the problem and threatens to deplete the populations in key areas of food for penguins, seals and whales.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources Tasmania meets on October 24 to November 4, and the Pew Environment Group is asking the commission delegates to require observers on all fishing vessels krill, establish a special fund to control krill predators, and maintain smaller divisions of the oceans for the management of krill to avoid local depletion, which damages the penguins and other animals.

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