15 December, 2014
What could be better for a warm, sunny, Australian Christmas than sustainable, local, Australian seafood?
With a bumper seasons across many of Australia's Commonwealth fisheries, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck encouraged the community to support a great Australian industry and enjoy fresh, healthy, local produce.
"Prawns, rock lobsters, flathead, tuna and scallops are just some of the vast array of sustainable Australian seafood that can be enjoyed this festive season," Senator Colbeck said.
"If you're buying Australian, you're buying seafood from fisheries that you know are amongst the best managed in the world.
"Whether it's a seafood banquet, prawns on the barbeque or fish and chips down at the beach over the holidays, by choosing Australian seafood you can be confident that it has been sustainably caught.
"Our fisheries are in great shape - science has shown this, so I encourage you to buy great tasting Australia seafood this festive season and support our local suppliers."
The Australian Government through the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Department of Agriculture, work with state and territory fisheries agencies, industry, environmental stakeholders and scientists to ensure that our nation's fisheries have the best possible management practices.
Our science-based approach to fisheries management aims to ensure healthy Commonwealth fisheries for current and future generations. We were the first country in the world to receive the independent certification of one its fisheries by the Marine Stewardship Council, a global organisation working to promote the best environmental choice in seafood. Now, seven Australian fisheries have received this certification.
No fishery solely managed by the Commonwealth is subject to overfishing according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences Fishery status report 2013-14 released in October this year.