Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    Celebrate the holidays with WA seafood

    9/12/2015 12:45 PM
     
    • Put Western Australia's world-class prawns on your festive barbecue
    • WA lobsters are world-leaders in seafood sustainability certification   
    • The State's sustainability scorecard recognises committed commercial fisheries 

    West Australians are being invited to put locally caught prawns, lobsters and other fresh seafood on their plates this festive season, after a successful year for the State's fishing industry. 

     

    Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said latest research showed that 97 per cent of WA's fish stocks are in abundance.

     

    "What a year it's been for WA fisheries with more independent recognition of our commitment to sustainability, celebrations for our trend-setting western rock lobster fishery and a scorecard on fisheries management that we are proud to tell the world about," Mr Baston said.

     

    "West Australians can be confident our seafood has not only been judged world-class, but offers a tasty, clean, green way to celebrate the festive season.  Our seafood is caught from sustainable sources and our fishing professionals ensure their products are delivered fresh and in top-quality condition."

     

    Highlights of the year include:

    • WA's sustainability scorecard shows 97 per cent of fish stocks are not at risk from fishing
    • WA's rock lobster fishery was honoured internationally for being the first in the world to receive Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification in 2000 and for holding that world-leading recognition ever since
    • Shark Bay and Exmouth Gulf prawn fisheries attained that same world standard, independent, third party certification, as part of the WA Government's $14.5 million investment towards supporting MSC assessment of the fisheries.

    "Retailers and restaurants have recognised that their customers want assurance their seafood comes from sustainable sources.  WA is keen to go down that track because our fisheries are important to our economy, and we know our fisheries are managed sustainably and operating within acceptable limits," the Minister said.

     

    More fisheries are progressing towards certification, including Mandurah's blue swimmer crab fishery that is shared by commercial and recreational fishers and Peel Harvey's sea mullet fishery, plus West Coast deep sea crabs and the Australian silver lipped pearl fishery.

     

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