December 20, 2013
The festive season is the perfect time of year to serve up local, sustainably produced seafood and support an important Australian industry.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the best way to support the local fishing industry is to buy Australian seafood this Christmas.
"In Australia we're lucky to have such a rich variety of quality seafood including prawns, rock lobster, oysters, salmon and other fresh fish. Seafood is the centrepiece of many Australian Christmas lunches and I encourage people to support our local fishing industry," Senator Colbeck said.
Senator Colbeck said Australian fisheries are world renowned not just for our high quality seafood but for being among the best managed in the world when it comes to sustainability.
"We can be confident our local seafood is managed and caught responsibly and sustainably. The recently released ABARES
Fishery Status Reports 2012 shows sustained improvement in the health of Australian fisheries," he said.
Senator Colbeck said the ABARES report shows Australia's science-based fisheries management is delivering great results for seafood consumers, the fishing industry and the marine environment.
Senator Colbeck encouraged people to put local seafood on the table this Christmas.
"This festive season, help spread the cheer by asking your fishmonger or retailer for locally caught or harvested seafood. You can rest easy with the knowledge it will be tasty, healthy and support local jobs," he said.
Senator Colbeck said Australians can be proud that when they are buying Australian seafood they are supporting a sustainable industry.