A united message objecting to the closure of a number of shark fisheries has gained the support of the Australian Government. The Government is now working on a reservation that will keep the Australian Dusky Shark, Blue Shark and Whitespotted Wedgefish (otherwise known as the white-spotted guitarfish) fisheries open.
“Working with our members and supporting their individual submissions, Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) highlighted the significance of the Dusky and Blue Shark fisheries to commercial and recreational fishers. We were also concerned at the impacts of closing these fisheries on the iconic Gummy Shark (flake) fishery.”
With sound fisheries management practices in place, SIA argued against international pressure for restrictions on these fisheries.
“I am pleased to advise that the Australian Government will be taking steps to keep these fisheries open for Australian fishers,” SIA CEO Jane Lovell said. “This is a real win for the industry and demonstrates the value of unity.”
“We thank our members for bringing the issue forward and helping mount our case. We particularly recognise CFA, PFA, NTSC and WAFIC.”
“Australian’s love their fish and chips and particularly here in Victoria fish and chips often means flake! Seafood is the most sustainably sourced protein in the world, so keeping our fisheries open, our fishers fishing and our families fed on Aussie fish is a win all round,” Ms Lovell said.
Jane Lovell, CEO
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