History & Funding

In March 2012, the Western Australian Government in partnership with the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) announced a funding commitment of $14.5m for third party sustainability certification of WA’s fisheries.

In September 2012, after a due diligence process, it was announced that the Marine Stewardship Council had been chosen as the independent, third party certification program.

Managed by the Department of Fisheries, the funding includes $8m for ongoing research and management ($2m per annum) and $6.5m (in total) for assessment, which includes pre-assessment for all fisheries, the cost of full assessment for those fisheries that proceed, and their first annual audit.

After the first annual audit industry will be responsible for on-going costs associated with MSC certification for specific fisheries including annual audits and full re-assessment in the fifth year.

A portion of the pre-assessment funds will be available to assist with fishery improvement projects to help fisheries transition through to full certification. This allocation will be available to leverage funding from other sources.

GUIDELINES FOR ACCESSING GOVERNMENT MONIES TO MOVE A FISHERY INTO FULL MSC ASSESSMENT > (188 k)