LETTER: Fisheries given sustainability tick for fifth consecutive

AUSTRALIA’S Commonwealth-managed fisheries have been given a tick of sustainability with no fisheries subject to overfishing for the fifth consecutive year.

This is according to the Fisheries Status Reports 2018, released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resources Economics.

This is great news.

Australia’s professional fishers care about the marine environment and we understand the need to protect and ensure the long-term sustainability of fish stocks.

The ABARES release echos just that.

This is no accident – it is the result of careful, science-based fisheries management and co-operation between the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the commercial fishing industry.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck has stated it means consumers can be confident their delicious Australian seafood is being sourced from well-managed and sustainable fisheries.

There is more fantastic news with the bigeye tuna and swordfish in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery now classified as sustainably fished.

We acknowledge that internationally there are some fisheries which are not as well managed as ours, but Australia’s


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