Spencer Gulf Prawns now have a 'better choice' seafood rating
In the updated Sustainable Seafood Guide from the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS)
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is today sharing good news from its latest Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide assessment, with South Australian Spencer Gulf Prawns earning a green ‘Better Choice’ seafood rating just in time for Christmas. This announcement has been welcomed by the Industry via the Spencer Gulf & West Coast Prawn Fishermen’s Association.
The ‘Better Choice’ prawns have been upgraded from orange ‘Eat Less’, in response to the industry’s significant investment in best practice fishing methods and its collaboration with fishery managers, stakeholders and scientists.
Josh Coates, Fisheries and Sustainable Seafood Campaigner said, “We are very pleased to be able to upgrade our assessment of the Spencer Gulf Prawn Fishery, recognising years of solid effort by industry and other stakeholders to improve their management and sustainability.
“With so many Australians enjoying seafood over the festive season this good news comes at an important time for our oceans and our community as we encourage Australians to choose sustainable seafood.
“Previously concerns about bycatch of the Giant Australian Cuttlefish had been holding us back from upgrading the rating for this fishery, but we’ve been confidently able to make the change due to a recovery in the cuttlefish population and due to industry actions to support research and increase cuttlefish survival rates.
“Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide is Australia’s only comprehensive guide to fisheries sustainability for Australians who love their seafood as well as their oceans. Our goal is to help Australian consumers make informed choices and in turn influence industry and Government to improve practices.
“AMCS is pleased to be able to recognise good practice, open communication and sustainable management with a green rating in the guide. In Spencer Gulf this industry is setting a great example for other prawn fisheries in Australia and overseas.”
Simon Clark, Executive Officer with the Spencer Gulf & West Coast Prawn Fishermen’s Association said, “It is great to see the efforts of fishermen, including their passion for sustainable activities in the marine environment being recognised in the latest assessment of the fishery by the by the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
“The fishers supported the Government’s research initiative which demonstrated prawn trawling had a negligible impact on the Giant Australian Cuttlefish population.
“As an industry we have a positive story to tell and share, and it is great to see organisations like the AMCS recognising and sharing the story."
About the Australian Sustainable Seafood Guide:
In response to massive public demand the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has produced Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide to help navigate the complex world of choosing seafood since 2006.
The Guide is easy to use with a simple traffic light system for seafood indicating ‘Better Choice’, ‘Eat Less’ and ‘Say No’ seafood species. All the information is based on the best available science and is updated as new information comes to light. The Guide is free and available online and as a smart phone app for iPhone and android.
Fisheries are assessed for target species sustainability, bycatch impacts, habitat and ecosystem impacts and effectiveness of management.
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