22 January 2018

The Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) has been re-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for a further five years, recognising the NPF as having global best-practice ecologically sustainable fisheries management.

The MSC certification is recognised internationally as the global gold standard fisheries certification system, and requires three core criteria to meet the MSC standard: the status of the fish stock, the impact of the fishery on the marine ecosystem, and the management system overseeing the fishery.

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) CEO, Dr James Findlay, congratulates the peak industry body, NPF Industry Pty Ltd, and NPF fishers for achieving recertification.

“The Commonwealth-managed NPF was first certified by the MSC in 2012 – the first tropical prawn fishery in Australia to achieve this standard, and this recertification is the result of collaborative work between AFMA, industry and researchers, to ensure the fishery is meeting all of the criteria,” Dr Findlay said.

“This is great news for lovers of Australian seafood who can continue to enjoy banana, tiger and endeavour prawns with the assurance they are sustainably sourced – just look for the MSC ‘blue tick’ in supermarkets and fish shops.

“The Commonwealth prawn industry has been a champion for sustainable management including improving bycatch management over many years, with the introduction of turtle excluder devices in 2000 and more recently the Kons Covered Fisheye, ensuring that bycatch is kept to a minimum.”

NPF Industry Pty Ltd CEO, Annie Jarrett, said that the NPF Industry is very proud and excited about the fishery being recertified to the MSC gold standard – and just in time for Australia Day celebrations.

“We have a long history of industry stewardship over the resource and a partnership approach to best practice management,” Ms Jarrett said.

“Being recertified to the MSC standard for another 5 years is testament to our industry’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. And there is no better way for our consumers to share in this fantastic achievement than throwing sustainable NPF MSC-certified prawns on the barbie on Australia Day!”

Further information

  • Find out more about the management of the Northern Prawn Fishery at gov.au
  • Find out more about NPF Industry at com.au
  • Find out more the Marine Stewardship Council at org
  • Recipes for prawns can be found at com.au.


Media contacts:

Australian Fisheries Management Authority: media@afma.gov.au or 0437 869 860

NPF Industry CEO (Annie Jarrett): 0411 426 469