Today’s announcement from the experts at America’s Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBAQ) recognises Australia’s Patagonian toothfish as the environmental ‘best choice’ in seafood.
MBAQ provides consumer advice on over 2,400 fisheries around the world and is widely respected for the high quality and independence of its work.
CEO of Austral Fisheries, David Carter, said today “This is another milestone in an extraordinary journey for a fishery that has gone from poachers and problems, to be recognized internationally as best practice and sustainable.” Carter went on to say “This has only been possible through the cooperation and efforts of many in conservation, management, science and responsible industry. We are immensely proud of this result.”
This announcement comes hot on the heels of the independent certification last year of both Australian toothfish fisheries to the high standards set by the Marine Stewardship Council. That rating confirmed the fisheries were well managed and sustainable.
Les Scott, Managing Director of Australian Longline Pty Ltd, said today “This approval by MBAQ just shows what can be achieved by companies who are determined to manage a fishery sustainably and invest in research and innovation as we have.” Scott went on to say “Patagonian toothfish offers a truly unique culinary experience unmatched by other fish species – it is versatile and a favourite with chefs. Restaurateurs and consumers enjoy this seafood knowing we deliver to the highest international standards, from the beginning to the end of the supply chain.”
There are two toothfish fisheries located in Australia’s sub-Antarctic regions – one around Macquarie Island to the south of Tasmania, the other around Heard Island and McDonald Islands, south-west of Fremantle. Both fisheries include large Marine Protected Areas with the Heard and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve covering 65,000 square kilometres with an additional 11,500 square kilometres soon to be included, and the Macquarie Island Marine Park covering 162,000 square kilometres.
Both Australian toothfish fisheries were certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 2012 as sustainable and well managed fisheries. They are managed by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) taking into account ecosystem-based measures set by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) provides scientific input into this system through funding from the Australian Government, industry members and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).
Austral Fisheries is one of Australia’s leading commercial fishing companies, specialising in producing MSC certified Patagonian Toothfish and Mackerel Icefish, as well as wild ocean caught prawns for the world markets.
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