The Australian fishing industry is globally recognised for its sustainability and it is time to promote the good news locally, Senator Richard Colbeck said while opening the 2013 Seafood Directions conference earlier this week.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, opened the conference at Port Lincoln which was attended by fishing delegates from around Australia.
Senator Colbeck said the industry needed to continue to raise awareness that buying Australian seafood meant supporting a sustainable industry.
"We have a really good story to tell about Australian fisheries and that story hasn't been told for too long," he said.
"The simple answer that I give people when they ask where they can buy a sustainably caught fish is to buy Australian. It's a very simple answer."
Senator Colbeck said Australian fisheries were definitely sustainable and management practices were among the best in the world.
"The sustainability of Australian fisheries is proven by the ABARES annual Fishery status report which was released earlier this week. Our science-based management practices continue to improve," he said.
Senator Colbeck said the Coalition's plan for fisheries included building confidence in the Australian fishing industry, streamlining fisheries administration and simplifying regulations.
The Seafood Directions conference was held from October 27 to 30 and is the Australian seafood industry's national conference.
Delegates heard from a range of key industry and government speakers about the sustainability of fish stocks, environmentally responsible fishing practices and opportunities to grow the appetite for seafood domestically and internationally.
"Congratulations to all of those involved in what has been another valuable and successful Seafood Directions conference," Senator Colbeck said.