Ensuring the seafood we import into Australia is legally, sustainably and responsibly produced
Knowing where our seafood comes from – every step from catch to plate – is critical to ensuring that products are, at the very minimum, legal and sustainable.
Currently, seafood importers are unable to provide this assurance to Australian consumers. The vast majority of the seafood we eat – 65 per cent – comes from abroad, often from countries with poor track records on illegal fishing and modern slavery.
Very little information is recorded at Australian borders about seafood products – and once it is on shelves or in restaurants, consumers lack access to basic information on what they are eating, where it’s from or how it was produced.
We are exploring the extent of seafood fraud in Australia, as well as identifying solutions for improving Australia’s seafood import system to ensure that consumers can make informed choices that support socially-responsible and sustainable seafood products.
Did you know that 65 per cent of the seafood Australians eat comes from overseas, particularly from countries with poor track records on illegal fishing, overfishing, modern slavery and unsustainable practices. The Mending the Net report shows how Australia’s poor import controls mean this seafood might be ending up on your plate.