25 August, 2015
Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, welcomed today's announcement that the winter blue grenadier fishery has received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
The MSC certification scheme is one of several voluntary options available to the seafood industry and is a way to promote the sustainability of a fishery and provide confidence to seafood consumers.
"It is always encouraging to see industry take initiative around informing the community about the sustainability of their fishery. I commend Petuna Sealord Deepwater Fisheries for seeking to promote the excellent credentials of this fishery," Senator Colbeck said.
"We know that Australia's fisheries are among the most sustainable and best managed in the world - and this is an important message that we need to share with the broader community.
"This tick of sustainability provides consumers with increased confidence that they are supporting a sustainable fishery when they choose Australian Blue Grenadier."
Senator Colbeck said the winter blue grenadier fishery underwent an 18 month independent assessment process to achieve the MSC certification, which is based on the core principles of healthy fish populations, reduced impact on marine ecosystems and effective management of the fishery.
Blue Grenadier has a delicate white flesh and is wild caught, mostly from western Bass Strait and the west coast of Tasmania.