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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Monday 12 March 2018

Let's celebrate Sustainable Seafood Week in WA

  • ​Western Australia a world leader for sustainable fisheries
  • An unprecedented eight WA fisheries independently certified as sustainable
  • Sustainable Seafood Week runs from March 12-18 with a range of events celebrating WA seafood

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is encouraging Western Australians to tuck into some of our local sustainably caught seafood this week to support Sustainable Seafood Week and thousands of WA fisheries workers.

From today (March 12) until Sunday, March 18, WA will be joining the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to celebrate Australia’s first ever Sustainable Seafood Week. The week is set to end on a high with the annual Mandurah Crab Fest this weekend, which this year turns 20.

The Marine Stewardship Council is also marking its 20th anniversary as a not-for-profit organisation that helps keep our oceans healthy and the world’s wild fisheries sustainable. 

WA’s very own West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery became the world’s first fishery to be certified by MSC in March 2000, and just last year it was certified for the fourth time.

Since 2000, WA has achieved MSC certification for WA rock lobster, Exmouth Gulf prawn trawl, Shark Bay prawn trawl, Peel Harvey Estuary blue swimmer crab and sea mullet, Australian west coast deep sea crab, the West Coast Silver lipped pearl fishery and wild-caught abalone.

More details on Sustainable Seafood Week are available at

Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:

“WA is envied by many other countries around the world for the quality of our sustainably caught seafood.

“We are the only State in the world to have eight MSC certified fisheries. This is a great win for WA and a good reason for everyone to eat our delicious WA seafood.

“There are lots of places around the world with fisheries that aren’t managed sustainably; the fact that our fisheries are managed sustainably is something we can all be proud of. 

“This week’s celebrations will culminate in Mandurah at Crab Fest - our State’s largest free community event. The event highlights the importance of the blue swimmer crab to the Peel region for the commercial fishers it supports, and the recreational enjoyment of crabbing.”

Minister's office - 6552 6100

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