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November 25, 2013

July 14, 2013 ABC Landline: Seafood and Sustainability

David Carter on ABC Landline July 2013

PIP COURTNEY, PRESENTER: In 2015, Australia’s big two supermarket chains will only sell fresh fish that’s been independently certified as sustainable, and they’re also promising a third-party tick of approval for some frozen and canned fish. parajumpers gobi It dramatically lifts the stakes in a growing trend towards eco-certification from third parties such as the Marine Stewardship Council. In WA, for example, the State Government is paying for all of its commercial fisheries to be MSC certified. But what does this all mean for the fisheries management paid for by the taxpayer? It’s claimed our system is among the best in the world, so why isn’t it enough to satisfy Australian consumers? Sean Murphy reports. mu legend zen online SEAN MURPHY, REPORTER: It’s Australia’s most dangerous and remote fishery. 4,000 kilometres from the mainland in the deep volcanic trenches of the sub-Antarctic Southern Ocean, Perth-based Austral Fisheries is catching the highly prized Patagonian toothfish. And now the company has added toothfish to the growing list of fisheries independently certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. DAVID CARTER, AUSTRAL FISHERIES: There’s a couple of areas of benefit. Jumper The popular buzz is social capital and just being seen to do the right thing and having that transparency and being at the cutting edge and on the front foot and all that stuff. Mens Belstaff Shoulder Bags But increasingly we see that manifest in some commercial benefits. Down jacket So, in particularly the First World markets like the US with products like toothfish, there’s a definite graduation occurring between certified and non-certified fish, as our customers, and in turn their customers, are looking to really tick that sustainability box.