The management of Commonwealth fisheries was achieving excellent results in ensuring a sustainable supply of Australian seafood from healthy fish stocks, according to the latest reports.
The Fishery Status Reports 2011 from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), found that since 2007 the number of key commercial fish stocks known to be sustainably fished had doubled (from 28 to 56).
Every year since the establishment of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) in 1992, the Bureau has independently reported on the biological health of key commercial fish stocks harvested in Commonwealth fisheries.
Sustainable stocks ‘doubled’
Chief Executive of the AFMA, James Findlay said the numbers showed the Authority’s management was working.
“Every year we see more and more encouraging figures in these and other independent reports on the health of Australia’s fisheries,” Dr Findlay said.
“This is the result of good management by government and industry rather than good luck.”
He said a reported reduced uncertainty about fish stocks was particularly encouraging and could be credited as the result of considerable investment by both government and the industry to improve the knowledge authorities used to make decisions.
“What this report means is that the Australian public can have confidence that they will continue to have access to sustainably caught Australian seafood from Commonwealth fisheries, well into the future,” he said.
The report can be accessed at this PS News link.