|In talking about the solutions, Bohm emphasised, "Clearly more needs to be done to create disincentives and incentives to stop seafood species being overfished in the first place. Large marine protected areas and fisheries closures must be used to protect fish stocks and marine ecosystems, and catch levels must be set a lot lower for many species".
Bohm continued, "AMCS also urges that the BRS Fisheries Status Reports are extended to include an assessment of all Australian fisheries - not just those few managed by the Australian Government."
At Easter 2004, AMCS launched Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide, the first national guide to choosing seafood sustainably. The guide is based on the BRS Fishery Status Reports and aims to help seafood eaters avoid overfished species and steer clear of fisheries with questionable environmental practices.
Bohm concluded, "Already over 60,000 Australian households have requested Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide. This year AMCS welcomes the opportunity to remove brown tiger prawns from our "Say No" list. However, it is disappointing that not much else has changed. Most of our concerns about overfished species, habitat damage and bycatch remain, despite a lot of government rhetoric to improve fisheries management.
To find out more and receive a copy of Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide, the public can call 1800 066 299 or visit www.marineconservation.org.au
Craig Bohm, AMCS National Fisheries Campaigner: (07) 3393 5811 or 0428 384 873