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Hop to it – eat Aussie seafood this Easter

Last updated 16 April 2013

Tiger Flathead in fish shop windowAFMA is encouraging people to support local fishers and buy Australian seafood this Easter long weekend.

Australian fisheries are ranked among the best in the world by independent experts and this includes environmental sustainability.

AFMA CEO Dr James Findlay said that consumers can be confident that local seafood is managed and caught responsibly and sustainably.

“Australian fisheries use strong science-based management to monitor fish stocks and set sustainable catch limits. This means that consumers can be confident that by eating Australian seafood, they are supporting sustainable fishing practices as well as a local industry.”

Industry members in some fisheries have chosen to be assessed by independent programs such as the Marine Stewardship Council. The Marine Stewardship Council has certified seven of Australia’s fisheries as sustainable and four of these are managed by AFMA.

“This shows that the fishing industry is dedicated to the long-term sustainability of Australian fisheries and AFMA continues to work closely with them to ensure they are using best practice methods” Dr Findlay said.

The recently updated Australian Dietary Guidelines have recommended that Australians increase their fish consumption by more than 40 per cent.

Consumers who eat Australian seafood can be confident it is both healthy and sustainable.

Contact Rebecca Atkins, AFMA Communications 02 6225 5541 or 0447 942 840 or rebecca.atkins@afma.gov.au.

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