Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, today released the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Fishery status reports 2012.
"What this report shows us is that our fisheries are undeniably sustainable and our science-based management practices continue to improve," Senator Colbeck said.
The report assessed the status of 93 fish stocks and shows an improvement on biological status and the number of stocks classified as not overfished.
Senator Colbeck said the report was evidence that attacks of overfishing and mismanagement were completely unwarranted.
"The ABARES report is a clear endorsement of Australia's science-based fishing industry and shows that previous attacks on the industry were unwarranted," he said.
Senator Colbeck said the numbers were an improvement on the previous ABARES report.
"When Australian families buy fish from a well-managed and sustainable fishery, they know they are getting the best. Australian fisheries are recognised as being among the best managed in the world," he said.
The ABARES report looks at the biological status of fish stocks and the economic status of fisheries that are managed or jointly managed by the Australian Government.
The report found that Commonwealth fisheries contributed about 13 per cent ($308.2 million) of the total gross value of fisheries ($2.3 billion) in the 2011-12 financial year.
The full report is available at www.daff.gov.au/abares.