It’s of-fish-al – our fisheries are in great shape!

Fans of Australian seafood can ‘shellebrate’ confident in the knowledge that Commonwealth fisheries are in great shape with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Fishery status reports 2017 showing that for the fourth consecutive year, no fishery solely managed by the Commonwealth is subject to overfishing.

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) CEO, Dr James Findlay said that this was great news for Australian seafood lovers.

“We should be proud of our commercial fishing industry,” Dr Findlay said.

“As shown by these results, the benefits of strict management and decisions based on science, has again been proven.

“AFMA together with industry, scientists and environmental stakeholders have worked hard and collaboratively to achieve these results.

“It was also pleasing to see that there were no concerning issues or trends against environmental indicators including under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Australia’s efforts to minimise fisheries interactions with threatened, endangered and protected species are recognised as world leading.

“Again this is a sign of good fishery monitoring, management and a commitment by industry to make operations sustainable.

“So whether it is succulent scallops, appetising prawns, or mouth-watering mackerel, if you are eating a species from a Commonwealth managed fishery you can be assured of its sustainability.”

The ABARES Fishery status reports 2017 can be found at agriculture.gov.au/abares.

For more information on Commonwealth fisheries management go to afma.gov.au.