"Want sustainable seafood? Ask for Aussie seafood", these are the words of Seafood Industry Australia, the national peak-body representing the industry, CEO Jane Lovell as she welcomes the Australian Sustainable Seafood week which runs from March 11-17.
"Australia's commercial fishing industry is one of the most sustainable in the world and Sustainable Seafood Week is a celebration of Australia's seafood industry and the well-managed, sustainable fisheries that supply all of our favourite seafoods," Ms Lovell said.
"We applaud the many Australian fisheries that have achieved certification to standards like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), however it is important to remember that the very fact it is Australian seafood means it has been sourced sustainably due to the high level of regulation, reporting and monitoring that underpins our industry."
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said independent information on the true sustainability of Australian seafood is now more accessible than ever.
"Australians can be confident that Australian seafood comes from well-managed, sustainable fisheries, which ensures that our fish stocks will be around for generations of seafood lovers," Minister Colbeck said in a statement.
"Last week at ABARES Outlook Conference, I launched the 2019 Status of Australian Fish Stocks Reports, which is the most comprehensive guide to the sustainability of our fisheries, developed by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation – Australia's leading, genuinely independent fisheries research body.
"It shows that Australia's fisheries management is world class and our fisheries are getting even healthier, with iconic species like Southern Bluefin Tuna recovering well and now sustainable to catch and eat."
"For the fifth consecutive year Australia's Commonwealth-managed fisheries have been given the tick of sustainability," Ms Lovell said.
"This is something our commercial fishers are very proud of, and is unprecedented internationally. While the footprint of Australia's trawlers is one of the smallest in the world. Coupled with our aquaculture sector – who provide fresh, high-quality seafood, year-round – Australian seafood is one of the best managed and most sustainable protein sources in the world.
"We all know Aussies love to eat Aussie seafood and if you want to be certain you're eating sustainable, healthy, world-class seafood that's good for you and good for the planet, always ask for Aussie seafood.
"Aussies can now access a free, easy-to-use app of the Status of Australian Fish Stocks Reports called 'SAFS – Sustainable Fish Stocks'. This will allow Aussies on-the-go access true, correct and authoritative information on the sustainability of Australian fish stocks.
"As an industry, we ask Australians to support their Aussies fishers and ask for Aussie seafood whether it's at their fishmonger, fish and chip shop, or the local Thai restaurant.
"As fishers, our priority is the ocean. We advocate the health, sustainability and future of our ocean. It's our livelihood and the future livelihood of generations to come."