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Sustainable Seafood Day In Australia Australia, March 14, 13

The average Aussie eats around 25 kilograms of seafood every year. That’s well above the world average - and rising. So how can we continue to be a nation of seafood lovers but also care for our oceans?
This Friday 15 March is Sustainable Seafood Day and WWF is calling on all Australians to make their choices count.
“Making a responsible seafood choice is easy,” said WWF’s Marine National Manager, Michael Harte.

“Whether you're eating out or shopping at the supermarket or fishmonger, simply look out for the blue Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco label, an independent certification for sustainable fishing,” Dr Harte said.

Sustainable seafood comes from fisheries or aquaculture operations that do not threaten the survival of fish populations, damage the environment or have a negative impact on other species or habitats. WWF recognizes MSC certification as the highest standard available for sourcing sustainably caught seafood.

“Sustainable fishing means species are able to thrive in well-managed fisheries and are caught using best practice methods that reduce by-catch of threatened, endangered and protected species such as dugongs, turtles and dolphins.

“Almost every Australian household has purchased seafood or fish oils of some sort in the past year. But our oceans are not an inexhaustible supply of food.

“By making the right choice, we can enjoy our seafood and care for our oceans,” Dr Harte said.

WWF-Australia is working closely with some of the nation’s biggest seafood businesses to transform the supply chain and improve sustainability. Already there have been some major achievements:

• Coles has assessed the sustainability of its entire fresh seafood range and all Coles Brand canned salmon comes from MSC certified fisheries
• Tassal has been recognized as a world leader for responsible salmon farming
• Blackmores has achieved MSC certification for its ‘Eco Krill’ oil
• All of John West’s Alaskan canned salmon is MSC certified. John West also has a range of pole-and-line caught skipjack tuna

“Making a sustainable seafood choice could be as easy as switching brands at the supermarket. Whether you’re eating canned tuna, fresh or frozen fish or buying fish oil products, simply look out for the distinctive blue MSC eco label,” Dr Harte said.
“Consumer demand is one of the most effective ways of driving changes in industry – your choices can help make a positive difference to our oceans.”