Sustainable Seafood Week celebration

Tick of approval: Abalone Industry Association of WA chairman Peter Rickerby, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly, Shire president Victoria Brown and Anne Gabriel at the Esperance Bay Yacht Club for the abalone certification in October, 2017. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Tick of approval: Abalone Industry Association of WA chairman Peter Rickerby, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly, Shire president Victoria Brown and Anne Gabriel at the Esperance Bay Yacht Club for the abalone certification in October, 2017. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

This week will mark Australia’s first ever Sustainable Seafood Week, with Fisheries minister Dave Kelly encouraging people to indulge in sustainably caught seafood and support thousands of the state’s fisheries workers.

The week-long celebration, from March 12 to 18, will end with the 20th annual Mandurah Crab Fest – the state’s largest free community event.

Mr Kelly said the state was envied by people around the globe for the quality of the state’s sustainably caught seafood.

“We [Western Australia] are the only state in the world to have eight Marine Stewardship Council certified fisheries,” he said.

“This is a great win for WA and a good reason for everyone to eat our delicious WA seafood.

“There are lots of places around the world with fisheries that aren’t managed sustainably; the fact that our fisheries are managed sustainably is something we can all be proud of.

“The event highlights the importance of the blue swimmer crab to the Peel region for the commercial fishers it supports, and the recreational enjoyment of crabbing.”

The state’s West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery was the world’s first fishery to be certified by the Stewardship Council in March of 2000.

Since 2000, the state have achieved the certification for the WA rock lobster, Exmouth Gulf prawn trawl, Shark Bay prawn trawl, Peel Harvey Estuary blue swimmer crab and sea mullet, Australian west coast deep sea crab, the West Coast Silver lipped pearl fishery and wild-caught abalone.