21 March, 2014
Australians are privileged to have access to one of the best managed fisheries in the world, making it easy to enjoy a meal of high quality and sustainable seafood, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck said.
Senator Colbeck encourages families to enjoy a meal of Australian seafood today to celebrate Sustainable Seafood Day.
"If you want to support sustainable fisheries the best thing you can do is buy Australian seafood to put on your plate," he said.
"Making Australian seafood your first choice is a great way to reward our fishers who work tirelessly to put food on our tables and protect our seafood supplies for future generations."
"By purchasing Australian seafood we are supporting local jobs and getting the benefits of eating a tasty, nutritious meal. Seafood is an excellent protein source and is part of a healthy, balanced diet."
Senator Colbeck said Australian fisheries are underpinned by sound science and are among the best managed in the world.
"The most recent Status of Key Australian Fish Stocks Report found that around 90% of wild-caught fish are from fully sustainable stocks," he said.
Senator Colbeck said the fishing industry contributed $2.3 billion to the Australian economy last financial year.
Earlier this month the Coalition reaffirmed its commitment to further support Australia's fisheries by granting OceanWatch funding of $439,836.
This funding will allow OceanWatch to continue promoting productive and environmentally sustainable fisheries practices.
Sustainable Seafood Day is an annual event which celebrates Australia's sustainable seafood.