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​MSC certification will position our pearls among the world’s best and most sustainable gem 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 after the fishery was awarded 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.

It took approximately 18 months to work through a comprehensive number of important measures as part of the certification process, including wild-harvest, culture, management and transport, to ensure the process is environmentally sound and sustainable.

Undertaking the certification process has been a joint government-industry initiative with key partners the Pearl Producers' Association, 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.

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



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