An estimated 740,000 Western Australians enjoy recreational fishing each year.
The MSC plan has been implemented in partnership with the Department of Fishing, the WA Fishing Industry Council, the peak professional fishing industry body, and Recfishwest, the peak recreational fishing body. Recfishwest aims to be an effective voice, promoting the best interests of recreational fishers in Western Australia and to promote the value of recreational fishing as an enjoyable and sustainable activity.
A representative of Recfishwest is on the Certification Advisory Panel, the body responsible to oversee implementation of the MSC program.
WA Fisheries Minister, Ken Baston, announced at the 2015 Mandurah Crab Fest, that the Peel-Harvey recreational and commercial fishermen, in a world first collaboration, would seek MSC certification for the iconic Mandurah Blue swimmer crab fishery.
It is hoped that Western Australia will be home to the world’s first MSC certified recreational fishery.
The full assessment process against the MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing by an independent Certification Assessment Body will take between 12 to 18 months to complete, and there are no guarantees that both fisheries will get certification, but if they do, it will also be the first time in the world that a recreational and commercial fishery have gained MSC certification in partnership.
You can track the progress of the full assessment process for both the Peel-Harvey recreational and commercial fishery on the MSC website, and see how you can become involved.