The blue swimmer crab fishery in Western Australia’s Peel-Harvey inlet is seeking a gold standard for sustainable fisheries.
Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said this weekend’s Crab Fest was the ideal occasion to announce the world-first collaboration where both the recreational and commercial components of a fishery jointly undergo independent third party sustainability certification.
“WA’s blue swimmer crab is one of the State’s most highly sought-after seafoods and one of the best locations to catch them is Mandurah,” Mr Baston said.
“The commercial and recreational sectors that share the Peel-Harvey blue swimmer crab fishery are joining forces to gain Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, the global gold standard for sustainable fisheries.”
The Minister said the State Government’s $14.5 million certification fund had led to almost all of WA’s commercial fisheries being pre-assessed under the MSC standard. The Shark Bay and Exmouth Gulf Prawn fisheries have also entered the full assessment process.
Mandurah’s commercial fishers have been collaborating with Recfishwest to take part in the rigorous and independent scientific evaluation of the local crab fishery, which will take 12 to 18 months to complete.
“WA made history in 2000, when our western rock lobster fishery became the first in the world to gain such certification. Fifteen years later, the State continues to lead the way by being the first to move to have both a commercial and recreational fishery assessed together,” Mr Baston said.
The Minister said the Mandurah Licensed Fishermen’s Association was also seeking accreditation for the estuary’s sea mullet.
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