Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), the national peak-body representing the Australian seafood industry, is disappointed to see the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) touting their “seafood guide” as fact this Christmas.
“The AMCS has inaccurately reported Australian salmon, Queensland prawns and bugs, and snapper should be avoided this Christmas, claims which are completely untrue and run the risk of pushing Australia’s healthy and sustainable seafood off the menu ” SIA CEO Jane Lovell said.
“The AMCS is in no way responsible for the collection, collation or management of data, or the reporting of fish-stock levels for any of Australia’s fisheries.
“Responsibility for these activities sits with ABARES (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences), who for the fifth consecutive year have endorsed the sustainability of Australia’s Commonwealth-managed fisheries. This is something our commercial fishers are very proud of, and is unprecedented internationally. While a new report has shown the footprint of Australia’s trawlers to be one of the smallest in the world. Coupled with our aquaculture sector – who provide fresh, high-quality seafood, year-round – Australian seafood is one of the best managed and most sustainable protein sources in the world.
“We all know Aussies love to eat Aussie seafood and if you want to be certain you’re eating sustainable, healthy, world-class seafood that’s good for you and good for the planet, ask for Aussie seafood this Christmas.
“Australia’s commercial fishers work hard to put healthy and sustainable local seafood on the table and it is a sad day when AMCS’s disingenuous claims, designed to damage the livelihood of the 25,000 families who depend on Australia’s fishing industry for employment, are taken as fact.
“Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), operating out of Northern Queensland, was awarded the internationally recognised Sustainable Seafood Certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 2012.
“The NPF covers approximately 880,000 square kilometres of Australia’s northern waters, including the entire western coast of Queensland, and less than 12 per cent of those waters are fished.
“Our salmon industry is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), who set the global benchmark for responsible aquaculture practices. This commitment to sustainability has a significant history, with Tassal the first Salmon farm in Australia to achieve certification across all its sites in 2014.
“The AMCS’s assessment of Australian salmon fails to factor in their ASC certification and the substantial improvements and investments made by all three of the primary companies during the past 12-months, which have demonstrated environmental improvements.
“During the last 12-months all companies have ramped up their investment into infrastructure, environmental programs and biosecurity protocols, which have been well documented and well recognised.
“We applaud the many Australian fisheries that have achieved certification to standards like MSC and ASC, but it is important to remember that the very fact it is Australian seafood means it has been sourced sustainably due to the high level of regulation, reporting and monitoring that underpins our industry.
“As fishers, our priority is the environment. We advocate the health, sustainability and future of our ocean and land based aquaculture activities. It’s our livelihood and the future livelihood of generations to come.”
For more information or to organise an interview with SIA CEO Jane Lovell please contact
SIA Media and Communications Manager Jessica McInerney
M: 0420 695 431 E: firstname.lastname@example.org