Western Australia Minister for Fisheries Norman Moore
Eco-Tick For WA Rock Lobster Fishery
Victor P Taffa
- WA’s biggest fishery wins five-year sustainability re-certification
- State’s rock lobster management recognised internationally
- Confidence for community that western rock lobster fishing sustainable
Western Australia’s rock lobster fishery has won the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) tick of approval for another five years.
The MSC sustainability certification is recognised by environmental groups and seafood retailers as the most comprehensive independent fisheries’ assessment in the world. The Western Rock Lobster fishery was the first in the world to gain the certification in 2000.
Fisheries Minister Norman Moore said the re-certification was recognition that WA’s rock lobster industry continued to fish the valuable resource in an efficient and sustainable way.
“For the State’s biggest fishery to achieve another five-year MSC re-certification is a significant stamp of approval and should make the WA community very proud.” Mr. Moore said.
“The western rock lobster industry and the Department of Fisheries are to be congratulated for their combined efforts to retain the right for WA’s popular seafood species to bear the well-known blue MSC eco-label.”
The re-certification follows on the heel of an announcement by major Australian supermarkets that third party certification will now be a requirement for the wild-caught fish they sell.
“Independent certification is a vital and growing aspect of fisheries management that we must embrace to give our commercial fishers the marketing edge they need.” the Minister said.
“The State Government is keen to support commercial fishers in achieving the independent recognition they need to meet the new demands of retailers and consumers who want confidence about the seafood they buy.”
Mr. Moore said MSC had specified that well-defined and effective harvest control rules be implemented for the industry to achieve this five-year renewal.
“The MSC also requested collection of relevant data supporting the harvest strategy and that sufficient information is collected to identify the impacts of the fishery on different habitat types.” Mr. Moore said.
Projects have already been established to address these points. Consultation regarding the harvest control rules has started and the draft harvest strategy released.”