Media release

Fishing you a merry Christmas

23 December 2018

As we begin the holiday season, waves of Australians migrate to their local fish markets in search of delicious, locally-sourced king prawns, barramundi, snapper, oysters and lobster.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Richard Colbeck, said it’s because Australian seafood comes from some of the cleanest, safest and best managed fisheries in the world, and encouraged all Australians to choose local seafood this holiday season.

“For the seafood lover, my home state of Tasmania has plenty to offer. With its clean and pristine waters, Tasmanians enjoy locally-caught Southern Rock Lobster, oysters, mussels and abalone, and share much of their premium catch with the world,” Minister Colbeck said.

“It’s a similar story throughout the country—Australians consume an average of 140 serves of seafood every year, and we sent $1.5 billion worth of seafood abroad in 2017–18.

“Our 3.4 million recreational fishers don’t need reminding that the holiday period is a perfect opportunity to unwind and to reel in Christmas lunch or dinner. 

“But for everyone else, your local fish shop can provide the crucial ingredients for your favourite seafood dish. Whether it be crumbed Australian squid, pan-fried King George whiting or a delicious prawn salad, you’ll be supporting your local economy and sustainable fishing practices.

“When Aussie families buy seafood sourced from Commonwealth-managed fisheries, they’re supporting best-practice fisheries management that keeps our oceans well stocked for future generations of seafood lovers.

"The latest Fishery status reports, released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics are a testament to this, showing that for the fifth year in a row, no fish stock solely managed by the Commonwealth was subject to overfishing.

“This is an impressive result, and is further evidence that Australia’s world-leading fisheries management is a remarkable success, and a shining example internationally.

“If you’re at a loss for ways to celebrate Christmas this year, remember that in Australia, there are plenty of fish in the sea.”​