On World Fisheries Day today, the Morrison Government is celebrating our world-leading fisheries management and hardworking fishers on the frontline of sustainable seafood production.

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said the Australia’s seafood industry supports the economy and thousands of families around the country.

“World Fisheries Day is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of our sustainable fisheries to our nation’s fishers, our seafood industry and the economy,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“The best way Australians can mark this global celebration is to eat some Australian seafood. Not only is it the best seafood in the world, but it will support the men and women in the industry at a time when they need it most.

“The seafood industry was one of the first and worst hit by the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, and today celebrates our hardworking and resilient fishers.

“The Morrison Government is committed to securing the sustainability of our fisheries and ensuring Commonwealth fisheries are well managed, and the ABARES Fishery Status Reports released last month shows we’re doing just that.

“The report found that for the seventh consecutive year, none of the stocks in fisheries solely managed by the Australian Government were classified as subject to overfishing.

“We’re committed to best practice fisheries management and supporting jobs across our seafood industry.

“We have invested $4 million in the first industry-led advertising campaign to encourage Australians to eat more Aussie seafood, we’ve created the $669 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism to ensure our fishers continue to have access to key international markets throughout the COVID crisis, and we’re continuing to deliver on our election commitments such as developing Australia’s first National Fisheries Plan.”