​​Media Release

Great result for entire fishing industry

30 September 2016

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, today welcomed the ABARES Fishery status reports 2016, which showed that, for the third consecutive year, no solely Australian managed fishery was subject to overfishing. 

"Consumers can have confidence that in buying Australian seafood they are choosing high-quality fish from well-managed and sustainable Australian fisheries," Minister Ruston said.

​"It is certainly a significant and commendable achievement by the entire fishing industry, including the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). 

"What is pleasing is that the overall trend continues to be positive—over the past 11 years, we've seen an increasing number of fish stocks with sustainable classifications.

"I'm very pleased to see yet more evidence that our fisheries are sustainable and that our science-based management practices are continually improving.

"While the report is positive for solely Australian Government managed fisheries, some challenges remain in the fisheries managed jointly under international arrangements.  We are continuing to work with our international partners to develop harvest and management strategies to bring them back onto a sustainable footing. 

"Australia has an internationally renowned reputation as a supplier of safe, environmentally sustainable, high-quality seafood—this report is yet more proof of that.

"This is something each and every one of us should be proud of, and I commend all spheres of the fishing sector on this result, as this success is not achieved without a collective effort."

For a copy of the report visit ABARES Publications.