Fish don’t need a passport to cross into international waters making fisheries
management on a global level essential in helping to ensure healthy fisheries for current and future generations to enjoy. Today is World Fisheries Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of the sea around us and the lives it sustains, both in and out of water.
Australian seafood lovers are fortunate with well managed local fisheries based on the latest available science and stringent monitoring keeping them in good shape. So much so that, for the third year in a row, no fishery managed solely by the Commonwealth was subject to overfishing. Not only that, but those fisheries have grown in value by more than 25 per cent in the last year. This is great news for lovers of fresh, locally caught Australian seafood and the many people who work in or rely on the fishing industry for a living.
While the Australian population enjoys the benefits of a sustainable and healthy fisheries resource, we also enjoy sharing the lessons that we have learnt along the way. Working with our international counterparts is an important part of what we do, with the aim of ensuring healthier global fisheries.
The CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Dr James Findlay said that the work undertaken by AFMA and other Australian government agencies in cooperation with key partners would continue to be a central theme in support of the future health of global fisheries.
“Through in-country training and education, together with formal Regional Plans of Action and building collaborative relationships, we are seeing a more global focus on fisheries management,” Dr Findlay said.
“AFMA officers work closely with countries all over the south east Asian and Pacific region, to collaborate and share information.
“The success of this approach was apparent recently when, as a result of information sharing and a cooperative approach, we managed to stamp out a rogue fleet of unscrupulous fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean.
“This is in addition to the capacity building work we are doing with our regional neighbours in the Pacific Oceans to help strengthen their fisheries management arrangements to protect fish stocks which straddle Australian waters and maintain economic stability within the region.
“We will continue our work in this space, so that there remains healthy fisheries to celebrate and enjoy for many more years to come.”
More information on how Australian Commonwealth fisheries are managed can be found at afma.gov.au.