Recreational and commercial fishing/aquaculture worth about $1.6 billion annually95% of Western Australia's fisheries assessed as sustainableWA is a world-leader in sustainability certification A mural by talented Perth artist Brenton See is taking shape at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour to mark Sustainable Seafood Day. Mr See's special mural on Mews Road also highlights Western Australia's commitment to world-class fisheries management and the sharing of aquatic resources. WA is a world-leader in sustainability certification with six fisheries having already achieved certification through the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and more undergoing the rigorous assessment process to meet the internationally recognised sustainability standards. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly: "As we mark Sustainable Seafood Day, West Australians should be proud of the way the management of our State's aquatic resources is regarded internationally.
"Western Australia's Western Rock Lobster Fishery was the very first in the world to be certified through the international Marine Stewardship Council and has held its certification for more than 17 years.
"Just last year, WA achieved the first ever joint recreational and commercial certification when MSC certified the Peel-Harvey blue swimmer crab fisheries.
"WA has a highly diverse range of marine and freshwater ecosystems and our aquatic resources support more than 40 commercial fisheries, plus a range of aquaculture ventures.
"Our fishing industry delivers key exports for WA and also provides high-quality seafood for local and other Australian markets, while the State's recreational sector is also fully committed to ensuring great fishing experiences continue for future generations.
"More is also being done to expand the State's aquaculture opportunities, not only to help develop new businesses and create more jobs, but also to take advantage of WA's pristine environment, disease-free status and research expertise to help meet the global demand for seafood."
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