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A platter of WA sourced seafood

Fisheries science and management ensures quality seafood fare like this tasty platter is sourced sustainably in WA.

Monday 11 March 2019

Science plays a vital role in sustainable seafood

This week’s Sustainable Seafood Week will showcase how Western Australia uses fisheries science to earn independent accreditation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

WA’s fisheries science and management has helped ensure 97 per cent of fished stocks in WA were maintained at sustainable levels in 2018.

Eight Western Australian fisheries now have the MSC independent tick of approval for sustainability, including the western rock lobster fishery, Exmouth Gulf and Shark Bay prawn fisheries, Peel-Harvey Estuary's blue swimmer crab and sea mullet fisheries, along with pearl oyster, west coast deep sea crab as well as the west and south coast abalone fishery.

Sustainable Seafood Week is a reminder for consumers to grab some fresh fish to celebrate and support the seafood industry and commercial fishers who work hard to supply fresh seafood to Australian and international consumers.

The week will include Science for Sustainability events co-hosted by the WA Fishing Industry Council, Recfishwest and MSC. This includes a free public lecture at the State Library Theatre on Wednesday evening (March 13) to highlight the science underpinning sustainable fisheries management.

National Seafood Week starts today and ends on Sunday, March 17. The week wraps up with Crab Fest, where we will be providing advice, engaging displays and fun family activities about sustainable fishing practices.


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