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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Tuesday 9 February 2021

Prawn fisheries recertified

Great news for everyone who loves Western Australian seafood!

Western Australia’s reputation for producing the world’s best seafood was highlighted when the Exmouth Gulf and Shark Bay Prawn Fisheries again achieved the highest possible global standard for sustainability after being recertified to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Standards recently.

Both fisheries were first certified under the MSC Standard in 2015 and have continued to demonstrate their commitment to best practice in the seafood industry.  They have now been re-certified under the more rigorous MSC Version 2.01 standards, which were introduced in 2018.

MSC is the world’s leading science-based standard and eco labelling program for wild-catch fisheries, and achievement at this level has been made possible through the determination of the skippers, crew, fishing companies and researchers along with the support of the WA Fishing Industry Council.

More than 90 percent of seafood from WA’s commercial fisheries is MSC certified, with certification positioning the Shark Bay and Exmouth Gulf prawn fisheries as a premium and highly valued product.

There are now 10 MSC certified fisheries off Western Australia’s coast, with a further two operating in Commonwealth waters off the south coast.

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