Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    WA fisheries under the microscope

    16/03/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • $14.5m committed to seek sustainability certification
    • Additional research reviewing fisheries and collecting stock data
    • WA commercial fisheries worth about $400m a year
    The State Government has committed $14.5million across the next four years on a program to seek third party sustainability certification for Western Australia’s commercial fisheries.

    Initial funding of $6.5million will establish the program while a further $2million per year will support additional research and management to support the program.

    Fisheries Minister Norman Moore said the program was important to provide public confidence that WA’s commercial fisheries could deliver sustainable, wild caught seafood.

    “Independent certification will be required to meet the emerging retail trend to only sell fish from fisheries independently assessed as sustainable,” Mr Moore said.

    “The State Government knows how important third party certification has been to our western rock lobster fishery, which was the first in the world to receive such accreditation from the international Marine Stewardship Council.

    “We are confident that this best-practice process will confirm the State’s fisheries rate among the world’s best and worthy of the tick of approval that independent certification bodies can provide.”

    The Minister said major Australian supermarkets recently announced that third party certification would be required for the wild caught fish they sold.

    “We must embrace this as an opportunity for our commercial fisheries.  European and US fisheries are already well down this path and we must ensure the State keeps pace with how our fisheries are managed and critiqued,” he said.

    “Today is Sustainable Seafood Day which celebrates fisheries operating sustainably, so it is appropriate that we take these steps towards getting WA’s commercial fisheries accredited.

    “WA has world-leading, ecosystem-based fisheries management and needs to make the most of the effort put into this approach.  Certification will complement existing management measures.”

    Mr Moore said he was pleased the State’s peak body representing commercial fisheries, WA Fishing Industry Council, supported the project.

          Fact File
    • More about WA’s fisheries available in State of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Report, online at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au

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