No Commonwealth managed fisheries subject to overfishing

October 23, 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Richard Colbeck, today welcomed the latest ABARES Fishery status reports which show no Commonwealth managed fisheries are subject to overfishing.

"This is the first time in eight years that no solely Commonwealth managed fisheries have been classified as subject to overfishing and shows our fisheries are improving under a Coalition Government," Senator Colbeck said.

"This is a significant milestone and I commend the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and industry for their excellent management of our fisheries," Senator Colbeck said.

Senator Colbeck said a prime example of strong management bringing good results is Australia's Orange Roughy fishery, which is recovering due to good practices and is classified as not subject to overfishing.

"Orange Roughy was heavily fished in the late 1980s and early 1990s which lead to a classification of overfished but fish stocks are recovering and signs are positive for the future of the fishery," Senator Colbeck said.

"Australia's Orange Roughy fisheries are subject to rebuilding strategies and are actively managed to ensure their recovery and long-term sustainability."

"Australia's fisheries are world class, sustainable and managed using the best available scientific advice. They are internationally recognised and we should be proud of our achievements."

Senator Colbeck said Australian families can be assured they are buying a quality product when choosing fish from a well-managed and sustainable Australian fishery.

"I encourage people to continue enjoying seafood, which is an important source of protein and part of a balanced diet," he said.

"Australia has a reputation as a supplier of safe, environmentally sustainable, high-quality seafood. This is something we should all be proud of," Senator Colbeck said.

The annual report provides an update on the biological, economic and environmental status of fisheries that are solely or jointly managed by the Australian Government.

The report also found the total gross value of production (GVP) of Commonwealth fisheries in 2012-13 was $319.7 million, which is about 13 per cent of Australia's total fisheries and aquaculture GVP of $2.4 billion.

To read the report,

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