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Three Western Australian fisheries enter assessment

Three Western Australian fisheries enter assessment

11 Aug 2016

Three of Western Australia’s most commercially valuable finfish fisheries have entered Marine Stewardship Council full assessment – the Western Australia Kimberley and Pilbara demersal scalefish trap fisheries and the Gascoyne demersal line fishery.

The assessment will cover 26 species of finfish, including goldband snapper, red emperor and pink snapper. A majority of the catch is sold to restaurants and fishmongers in Western Australia, domestically and through to Hong Kong and Singapore markets.

“These are the first temperate and tropical snapper and groupers to enter the MSC program in Australia and if successful, significantly increase the amount of availability of MSC finfish in the region,” says Matt Watson, MSC fisheries officer, Oceania and Southeast Asia.

These fisheries are part of Western Australia’s State Government $14.5 million commitment to have all 50 commercial fisheries independently assessed against the MSC’s environmental standard for sustainable fishing. The assessment will be carried out by conformity assessment body, Acoura, a process which can take between 12- 18 months.

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Source: worldfishing