July 23, 2014
Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, welcomed the outcome of an international meeting of small pelagic fisheries experts held in Adelaide last week.
A statement released today by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) hailed the meeting as a success, with international experts impressed by Australia's sustainable management of the small pelagic fishery.
"It is pleasing to have Australia's science-based fisheries management recognised at a global level," Senator Colbeck said.
"We know that our fisheries management is sustainable and well managed but it is always useful to learn from the experiences of countries and share techniques on harvest strategies, catch limits, mitigating ecosystem impacts and other factors."
"This great outcome is further endorsement of Australia's world class fisheries management."
The week-long small pelagic fisheries workshop, hosted by South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), was attended by fisheries scientists from the United States, Chile, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Australia. It also included representatives from conservation groups and the fishing industry.
Senator Colbeck said the workshop was a useful exercise to share fisheries management experiences between countries and peer review Australia against the rest of the world.