Australia leading the way in fisheries management

13 March, 2015

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson should brush up on his fisheries management knowledge before making claims that unfairly attack Australia's systems (Media release 12/3/2015), Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture said.

"Senator Whish-Wilson has called for Australia to adopt ecosystem based analysis for our fisheries management - but he is a decade too late!" Senator Colbeck said.

"Since 2005 the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has been using ecological risk assessments to understand and manage potential risks that fishing poses to the marine environment. Every new fishery must go through this process before it is opened."

"Senator Whish-Wilson has been so busy scaremongering and attacking Australia's fishing industry that he completely missed that just last month we publically released the latest world-leading ecosystem based research by CSIRO which will help determine the total allowable catch for the small pelagic fishery."

"The CSIRO's marine ecosystem measurement system 'Atlantis' is hailed as being at the forefront globally - it is the best in the world."

The Australian Government welcomes news the United States is catching up to Australia by adopting AFMA's longstanding policy of requiring an ecosystem risk to be assessed before the opening of a new fishery.

Senator Colbeck said Australia's fisheries are managed based on the best available science and are sustainably managed.

"It's because of our excellent management system that we are internationally regarded among the best fisheries managers in the world," he said.

"It is time for the Greens to grow beyond just being anti-industry activists and recognise the strength and value of our primary industries."

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