LATEST NEWS

09
Dec

Celebrate the holidays with WA seafood
West Australians are being invited to put locally caught prawns, lobsters and other fresh seafood on their plates this festive season.

27
Oct

WWF URGES OTHERS TO FOLLOW WA FISHERIES LEAD
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), one of the world's most respected environmental conservation organisations, has praised Australian fisheries and seafood companies working to demonstrate and promote sustainability.

26
Oct

MSC says: WA sets high standard
WA has an excellent international reputation for sustainable fisheries management but more is required to lessen the impact on global fish stocks.

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S MSC PLAN FOR FISHERIES

Western Australian commercial fisheries, which play a vital role in supplying seafood to help feed our nation, have all completed pre-assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) environmental standard for sustainable fishing. The State Government provided $14.5m in funding to give all WA fisheries the opportunity to be assessed by the MSC’s independent 3rd party certification program. A fishery that is MSC certified has passed the world’s most rigorous, scientific standard for sustainability.

Exmouth Gulf Prawn and Shark  Bay Prawn are the first two  WA fisheries to be MSC-certified under the Government's initiative.

Fisheries in MSC full-assessment are: Peel Harvey Blue Swimmer crab, in a world-first collaboration between recreational and commercial fishers; Peel Harvey commercial Sea Mullet and Deep Sea Crab. WA's Pearl Oyster fishery is the latest to enter full assessment. More fisheries are expected to announce a move to full assessment soon.

WA’s Western Rocklobster fishery was the first in the world to gain MSC certification, and this year, celebrates 15th years of MSC certification.

It is  the long-term vision to have every WA fishery MSC certified within the next two decades.

This important State Government initiative is being rolled out in a partnership between the WA Department of Fisheries, the WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC), the peak commercial fishing industry body, Recfishwest, the peak recreational fishing body, and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is also providing funding support to WAFIC to assist in industry communication and engagement.

We invite you to learn more about WA'S MSC Plan for fisheries and subscribe to our e-newsletter for the latest news.