Western Australia Celebrates Sustainable Seafood Week 12-18 March 2018

Western Australia Celebrates Sustainable Seafood Week 12-18 March 2018

Western Australia Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly

Let’s Celebrate Sustainable Seafood Week In Western Australia

Victor P Taffa

  • Western Australia a world leader for sustainable fisheries
  • An unprecedented 8 Western Australia fisheries independently certified as sustainable
  • Sustainable Seafood Week runs from March 12-18 with a range of events celebrating Western Australia seafood

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is encouraging Western Australians to tuck into some of our local sustainably caught seafood this week to support Sustainable Seafood Week and thousands of Western Australia fisheries workers.

“Western Australia is envied by many other countries around the world for the quality of our sustainably caught seafood.” Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly said.

 

“We are the only State in the world to have 8 MSC certified fisheries. This is a great win for Western Australia and a good reason for everyone to eat our delicious Western Australia seafood.”

From March 12 until Sunday, March 18, Western Australia will be joining the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to celebrate Australia’s first ever Sustainable Seafood Week. The week is set to end on a high with the annual Mandurah Crab Fest this weekend, which this year turns 20.

Marine Stewardship Council is also marking its 20th anniversary as a not-for-profit organisation that helps keep our oceans healthy and the world’s wild fisheries sustainable.

Western Australia’s very own West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery became the world’s first fishery to be certified by MSC in March 2000, and just last year it was certified for the fourth time.

Since 2000, Western Australia has achieved MSC certification for WA rock lobster, Exmouth Gulf prawn trawl, Shark Bay prawn trawl, Peel Harvey Estuary blue swimmer crab and sea mullet, Australian west coast deep sea crab, the West Coast Silver lipped pearl fishery and wild-caught abalone.

“This week’s celebrations will culminate in Mandurah at Crab Fest our State’s largest free community event. The event highlights the importance of the blue swimmer crab to the Peel region for the commercial fishers it supports, and the recreational enjoyment of crabbing.” Minister Kelly said.