Media release from Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water
Australian fisheries are some of the best managed across the globe and on today, World Fisheries Day, the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston is encouraging all Australians to celebrate all that the Commonwealth fisheries contribute to the community.
“World Fisheries Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our domestic fishing industries and recognise Australia’s role as an international leader in sustainable fisheries management,” Minister Ruston said.
“Last year, our wild capture fisheries and aquaculture industries contributed $2.76 billion to the economy and are an important export industry for Australia.
“In fact, Australia’s wild caught fisheries are continuing to thrive with the latest preliminary data from the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES) showing that the gross value of production (GVP) for Commonwealth managed fisheries has grown by more than 25 per cent in the last financial year.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the Australian community, the fishing industry and seafood lovers in Australia and around the world.
“Australia’s record of achievement is due to maintaining a balanced and science-based approach to all decisions regarding access to Commonwealth fisheries.
“Industry together with fisheries regulators, like the Australian Fisheries Management Authority have worked hard and made tough decisions when they had to rebuild Commonwealth commercial species.
“As a result, the ABARES Fishery status reports 2016 shows that for the third consecutive year no fishery solely managed by the Commonwealth was subject to overfishing.
“Our oceans are important for all Australians, which is why this government continues to work with industry partners, research bodies and regulators to better understand our impact on marine ecosystems, to develop good policy and drive innovation that will keep our fisheries sustainable.
“Our oceans are a shared resource so it’s important that we work together as part of a global community to promote sustainable fishing and ensure the continuing health of marine and riparian environments.
“Fishing is a core part of the Australian culture, provides thousands of local jobs and supplies high quality, sustainably harvested seafood to local and international markets.”
To find out more about Australian fisheries management policy visit agriculture.gov.au
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