Media release from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston
Sustainable fisheries will be absolutely essential in helping to feed an increasing global population, with World Fisheries Day serving to highlight the need to combat overfishing, illegal fishing and pollution of the marine environment.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said Australia was a world leader in sustainable fisheries management, implementing conservative quotas arrived at using the best available evidence and science, and monitoring compliance with comprehensive systems and the latest technology.
“Overfishing is a serious problem in many parts of the world, but Australia – which is responsible for the world’s third largest fishery – prioritises sustainability above all else,” Minister Ruston said.
“The latest statistics released by ABARES shows that for the fourth consecutive year, no fishery managed solely by the Australian Government has been subject to overfishing.
“Australia also works with other nations in the Asia -Pacific region to ensure the sustainability of fisheries, and cooperates at a high level with its neighbours to combat illegal fishing as well.
“Our fisheries are an important resource providing food for millions and income for thousands of Australians.
“Last year our wild capture fisheries and aquaculture industries contributed $3 billion to the national economy (much of it benefitting regional communities), exported seafood valued at $1.5 billion, and directly employed more than 14,000 people.
“This is why sustainability is our priority – so our fisheries can continue to be an abundant resource shared by future generations of Australians.
“World Fisheries Day is an opportunity to highlight Australia’s world-leading fisheries management and to promote sustainable fisheries management around the world.”
To find out more about Australian fisheries management policy visit agriculture.gov.au.
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