Last week Seafood Industry Australia challenged three national publications regarding misrepresenting the issues of marine reserves and foreign vessels in the article “Foreign boats set to fish in Australian waters, expert claims”, 10 December 2017, by Nicole Hasham. The below is a letter to the Editor of the publications by Renee Vajtauer, CEO of The Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA).
The Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA) supports the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), outright rejecting ridiculous claims in the article, Foreign boats set to fish in Australian waters by Nicole Hasham (10 December 2017, The Sydney Morning Herald).
Claims proposed changes to protected marine areas are designed to allow foreign vessels to operate outside Australian laws. This is incorrect, and any vessel operating in distant Australian waters must follow Commonwealth fishery rules and regulations.
The CFA also stands behind Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), the peak body for the Australian seafood industry in their letter to the Editor stating;
“To the issue of foreign boats, Australia has strict requirements for international fishing vessels. As Hasham’s article points out, international vessels can become Australian and must abide by the same rules as any other Australian boat. On rare occasions, a foreign vessel may seek to access our fisheries while remaining internationally flagged. The Australian Government carefully considers whether the operation will provide net benefits to the Australian community before accepting or rejecting any application. If accepted these vessels must also abide by Australian rules.” Ms. Jane Lovell CEO
The Commonwealth fishing industry is world’s best practice, and we continue to enjoy healthy and sustainable seafood.