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An octopus in front of the MSC certified sign
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Thursday 21 November 2019

Octopus becomes WA's ninth MSC certified fishery

Western Australia’s octopus fishery has become the State’s ninth fishery to receive international certification for sustainable management of the resource. 

The Octopus Interim Managed Fishery​ achieved the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification earlier this month – having demonstrated environmentally sustainable and effective management practices.

MSC is the world’s leading science-based standard and eco-labelling program for wild capture fisheries, and MSC certification provides assurance to buyers, retailers and consumers that seafood carrying the eco label meets internationally recognised standards for environmental sustainability. 

Western Australia has the most MSC certified fisheries in Australia. They include Western Australian Rock Lobster; Exmouth Gulf prawn; Shark Bay prawn; Peel-Harvey Estuarine commercial and recreational blue swimmer crab; Peel-Harvey Estuarine commercial sea mullet; the Australian West Coast deep-sea crab fishery; the West Coast Silver lipped pearl fishery; WA abalone fishery; and now the Octopus Interim Managed Fishery.

WA is a global leader in sustainable fisheries management and we are striving for continuous improvement across our fisheries, which is good news for restaurants and consumers who love seafood.

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