Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    Eco label sought for WA's deep sea crystal crab

    29/03/2015 12:00 AM
    • West Coast Deep Sea Crustacean Fishery will undergo assessment
    • Government investing $14.5m to reinforce that WA's fisheries are sustainable

    Another Western Australian fishery is seeking a world-class sustainability tick for the bounty of the deep, crystal crabs.


    Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said being able to supply domestic Australian and export markets with fresh crabs was the key to the West Coast Deep Sea Crustacean Fishery's success.


    "Currently operating with an allowable harvest of 140 tonnes per year, the fishery is keen to see its sustainable operations undergo assessment against the world-leading Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification standard," Mr Baston said 


    "Exports to China account for about 30 per cent of sales and independent certification will further enhance the fishery's reputation as a quality, sustainable, seafood provider."


    The Minister said he was pleased the State's crystal crab was joining Mandurah's blue swimmer crab and sea mullet fisheries in seeking full MSC assessment.


    "The latest fisheries to undertake full assessment join the Shark Bay and Exmouth Gulf prawn fisheries vying for the same goal.  WA's western rock lobster fishery, the world's first fishery to attain MSC certification, has been showing off the blue tick of accreditation for 15 years," he said.


    "We have 47 fisheries in WA delivering a range of wonderful, high-quality, sustainable seafood choices to local, interstate and export markets and today's Fremantle Seafood Festival is the perfect way to celebrate." 


    Mr Baston said Western Australian consumers would be hitting the shops in the lead up to Easter, keen to bag their favourite fish species and they could be proud of the locally sourced products caught by commercial fishers committed to sustainable operations.


    "The recreational fishing sector also supports sustainable fisheries management in WA, as shown by its ongoing stewardship of the State's fish resources.  I am confident the many people who will enjoy the Easter break out fishing with their families, will follow the rules to help ensure there will be fish for future generations," he said.


          Fact File

    • For more information, visit http://www.wamsc.com.au
    • Full assessment of sustainable fishing for crystal crabs may take up to 18 months
    • Public consultation is one feature of MSC's full assessment process

    Minister's office - 6552 5400