30 October 2015

Media release

Australians can continue to eat local seafood from Commonwealth managed fisheries  knowing it is sustainable with the Fishery status reports 2015 released today by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) showing that no solely managed Commonwealth fishery was subject to overfishing.

“This is fantastic news for lovers of Australian seafood,” CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Dr James Findlay said.

“As we head into the festive season and you tuck into a feed of Australian prawns, flake by the beach or scallop pie, you can have confidence that if you are eating seafood from a Commonwealth fishery that it is well-managed, and sustainable.

“As evident by today’s reports, our strict fisheries management, using the best available science, is achieving our ultimate goal – that current and future generations will continue to be able to enjoy Australian seafood.”

This is the second year in a row that fisheries solely managed by the Commonwealth have achieved this milestone. More than 90 fish stocks across 21 fisheries managed solely or jointly by the Australian Government were assessed as part of this year’s report.

“We have a long, proud history of commercial fishing in Australia, and to this day it remains a vital and sustainable contributor to Australia’s economy and many local communities across our nation,” Dr Findlay said.

“As demonstrated by today’s reports, through making tough decisions when we have to, we now have healthy Commonwealth fisheries.

“Importantly, it means that these fisheries will continue to supply our much loved Australian seafood for many years to come.”

To view the ABARES Fishery status reports 2015 visit agriculture.gov.au/abares.