Marine Stewardship Council certification

Achieving certified sustainability standards for the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery project

Project Details

  • Funded by: Australian Government

  • Project dates: 1 July 2019–30 December 2020

  • Partner: Parks Australia

  • Project leader: Phil Ravanello, Program Manager

  • Location: East coast of Australia

The Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) is one of Australia’s largest tuna fisheries, extending across the Coral Sea Marine Park and the Temperate East, South-east and South-west Marine Park Networks.

This fishery targets three tuna species, Albacore, Bigeye and Yellowfin, key oceanic predators and important species in Australian Marine Park pelagic communities.

This funding will help support ETBF fishers work towards achieving sustainability certification with recognised industry leaders like the Marine Stewardship Council, consistent with actions outlined under the tourism and visitor experience program in Australian Marine Park management plans.

This work will help raise awareness of Australia’s world-class fisheries management, the interdependency of these fisheries on healthy and resilient marine ecosystems, and emphasise the important role we all can play in supporting our thriving ocean economy.

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