16 March 2012
Australia’s well managed fisheries will be recognised and celebrated today as part of the sixth annual Sustainable Seafood Day.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the Gillard Government is focused on working with industry to have the best fisheries in the world to ensure Australians can have fresh, homegrown seafood on their tables.
“When it comes to picking fish that’s come from a well-managed and sustainable fishery – choosing Australian is the best option,” Minister Ludwig said.
“By buying Australian, consumers are supporting sustainable fishing practices which means helping the environment and the Australian fishing industry.
"Our fisheries industry supports regional communities, employing over 11,400 people directly and many more indirectly in processing, distribution and retailing.
“The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences report that fisheries production in 2009-10 was worth $2.18 billion, including $1.2 billion of export income.
“This is a strong and vibrant industry.”
Australia has consistently placed among the top performing countries in worldwide fishery reviews and this was again recognised today with the Marine Stewardship Council certification the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Toothfish Fishery.
Minister Ludwig said the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and state counterparts rigorously managed fisheries, aiming for long term economic, social and environmental sustainability.
“The Australian seafood industry is dedicated to best practice, quality and sustainability,” Minister Ludwig said.
Sustainable Seafood Day will be marked around Australia with a range of events and consumers being urged to add fish to their menu today.