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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Wednesday 6 September 2017

Iconic pearling industry recognised with world-first certification

​Australia’s reputation as one of the world’s premium pearl growing destinations has been further enhanced with the awarding of the international gold standard for sustainable fishing.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) pearl certification is the first for a gem fishery anywhere in the world.

The certification took approximately 18 months to work through a comprehensive number of important measures, including a robust evaluation of the key aspects of the fishery and the assessment of two separate fisheries jurisdictions simultaneously through the process.

The process ensures cohesive linkages between the wild-harvest, pearl oyster culture and monitors the entire supply chain from the methods used to culture the pearls through to the transport logistics to ensure it is environmentally sound and sustainable.

The certification has been a joint government-industry initiative with key partners Pearl Producers Australia, the Western Australian Government and the Northern Territory Government, which have collaborated on the coastal pearl oyster industry stretching from Exmouth in Western Australia to Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory.

Deputy Director General for the Fisheries Division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Heather Brayford said the certification would underpin longevity for the industry and provide added confidence to discerning pearl buyers around the world.

“The pearling industry has been an iconic and valuable component of our North West regional economy for many decades now and this certification will further enhance its reputation as the
world’s only certified gem fishery,” Ms Brayford said.

“The pristine waters and isolated location surrounding the fishery ensure its pearls are of the finest natural quality with local production teams managing the downstream processing and preparation for market.”

The MSC Pearl certification further expands WA’s growing list of MSC certified fisheries, which have been recognized and rewarded for sustainable fishing practices.

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