Nothing fishy about Commonwealth-managed fisheries

Wednesday, 09 October, 2019

Nothing fishy about Commonwealth-managed fisheries

For the sixth consecutive year, Australia’s Commonwealth-managed fisheries have been deemed to be in good shape and fished sustainably. Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), the national peak body representing Australia’s commercial fishing industry, is delighted with the release of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) ‘Fishery status reports 2019’, which highlights the quality of Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries management.

The Fishery status reports 2019 provides an independent evaluation of the biological and economic status of fish stocks managed solely or jointly by the Australian Government. The reports summarise the performance of fish stocks across 22 fisheries against the requirements of fisheries legislation and policy.

“This is great news and is unprecedented internationally,” SIA CEO Jane Lovell said.

“The Fishery status reports 2019 provides an evaluation of 96 Australian commercial fish stocks. This positive report card given for the sixth consecutive year to Australia’s solely Commonwealth-managed fisheries is the ultimate endorsement that Australia continues to be a leader in world-class seafood and sustainability.

“Australians should be proud of their seafood industry, which provides fresh, high-quality seafood, year-round.

“As fishers, our priority is the ocean. We advocate the health, sustainability and future of our ocean. It’s our livelihood and the future livelihood of generations to come.”

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