Rest a-shore-d our fisheries are shipshape!

Media release

Commonwealth fisheries are in great shape and with Monday being World Oceans Day, what a fitting time to celebrate our sustainable, commercial fishing industry and get stuck into a feed of locally caught, Aussie seafood.

The Acting CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Dr Nick Rayns said Australians have a lot to be pleased about when it comes to our fisheries.

“In the last year we have seen fisheries reopen and sustainable catch limits increase across many of our fisheries,” Dr Nick Rayns said.

“This is great news with Commonwealth fisheries continuing to provide healthy seafood to both domestic and international seafood lovers.

“Moreover, with our fisheries management using a science based approach, together with strict monitoring and enforcement, you can be assured that if you are buying locally caught seafood from a Commonwealth managed fishery, it is sustainable.”

Recent achievements in Commonwealth fisheries management include:

  • the latest ABARES stock status reports showing that no fish stock solely managed by the Commonwealth was subject to overfishing
  • the combined total allowable catch limits in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery, one of Australia’s major suppliers of fresh fish, increasing for the fourth year in a row
  • an increase to the sustainable catch by 1 680 tonnes for the prized Patagonian toothfish for the current season
  • the Eastern Orange Roughy Fishery being re-opened for the first time in ten years, with a 500 tonne total allowable catch.

AFMA also has one of the most comprehensive fishery monitoring systems of any fisheries regulator globally, meaning we know a lot more about our fisheries than many others do.

“Our reporting system in Commonwealth fisheries is set up so that Australians know the facts, and importantly, can have confidence in the management arrangements in place and the sustainability of the entire marine ecosystem,” Dr Rayns said.

“So this long weekend, celebrate World Oceans Day, enjoy our delicious, sustainable seafood and support our local commercial fishing industry.”

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