$14.5m Government investment for sustainable WA fish stocks

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WA Fisheries Minister Ken Baston announced that the State Government has provided a $14.5 million certification fund for all WA’s commercial fisheries to be pre-assessed under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) – the global gold standard for sustainable fisheries.

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According to his media release, the blue swimmer crab fishery in WA’s Peel-Harvey inlet is seeking a gold standard for sustainable fisheries.

“WA’s blue swimmer crab is one of the State’s most highly sought-after seafood and one of the best locations to catch them is Mandurah. The commercial and recreational sectors that share the Peel-Harvey blue swimmer crab fishery are joining forces to gain Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, the global gold standard for sustainable fisheries,” Mr Baston said.

“WA made history in 2000, when our western rock lobster fishery became the first in the world to gain such certification.  Fifteen years later, the State continues to lead the way by being the first to move to have both a commercial and recreational fishery assessed together.”

This is the world-first collaboration where both the recreational and commercial components of a fishery jointly undergo independent third party sustainability certification.

The Minister revealed that the Mandurah’s commercial fishers have been working closely with Recfishwest to participate in the rigorous and independent scientific evaluation of the local crab fishery, which will take 12 to 18 months to complete.

“The Mandurah community love their blue swimmer crabs and the recreational fishing enjoyment it provides.  People who fish themselves don’t love the prospect of buying local crabs and fresh fish from seafood suppliers,” the Minister said.

“The community is placing an increasing importance on purchasing sustainable seafood and this is reflected by moves by some major supermarket chains to require third party certification of all seafood products they stock.”

For more information, please go to www.wamsc.com.au