Northern Prawn Fishery get the blue tick of sustainable approval to ensure all Australian BBQ’s can be sustainable for this festive season

 In Certified Fish, Fisheries, Information, MSC

With running a Sustainable seafood restaurant, one of the challenges is to have enough certified fish on the menu.

The Northern Prawn fishery has just received the highly acclaimed blue eco tick from the Marine Stewardship Council for their Banana prawns, Tiger Prawns and Endeavour prawns This is great news for us at Fish & Annandale as well as our customers.  Raw prawn or cooked prawn – if it’s a prawn from the Northern Prawn Fishery, then it has full certification for being sustainable from the MSC.

This means that there is no excuse for BBQ’s around the country to not be opting for sustainable seafood over the festive period. Perfect timing

The Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), Australia’s largest and most valuable prawn fishery, has been certified as sustainable against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) global environmental standard for sustainable and well managed fisheries.

“Prawns are one of the most highly-sought-after and widely-consumed seafood products in Australia – especially at Christmas and during summer,” said Patrick Caleo, MSC Manager Australia and New Zealand. “The NPF is now in a position to meet the growing consumer demand for sustainably sourced seafood by being one of only a handful of prawn fisheries around the world certified by the MSC, and the first fishery in the world to supply MSC certified banana and tiger prawns.”

The MSC assessment covers the 52 NPF vessels that ply the fishery’s 771,000 square kilometres of pristine tropical waters off Australia’s northern coast from Cape Londonderry in Western Australia to Cape York in Queensland.

“What a delicious Christmas bonus for us as a fishery and for Australians who care about the best environmental choice in their seafood,” says NPFI CEO Annie Jarrett.  “We are producing some of the world’s finest quality wild-caught prawns and we are keen to continue to improve our environmental credentials.”

NPF has an annual catch of 749 metric tonnes of tiger prawns and 7,711 metric tonnes of banana prawns, 437 metric tonnes of endeavour prawns worth approximately $98 million (AUD), with prawns exported and sold domestically. The internationally recognised MSC certification will also be an asset in export negotiations.

“NPF Industry has been a willing partner and leader of many significant initiatives in the region to improve prawn stocks, reduce by-catch and foster research to improve the overall sustainability of the NPF. Recognition by the MSC is a crowning achievement,” said David Carter Vice Chairman NPFI “Our deep thanks goes to World Wildlife Fund (US) and Woolworths for their financial contribution to assist in this landmark MSC assessment.”

We at Fish & Co. The sustainable seafood Cafe Look forward to lots MSC certified Tiger, Endeavour and Banana prawns on the menu over the coming months.

Best wishes from Tom Kime and all the team at Fish & Co.
41 Booth St Annandale 2036, Tel 9660 5575

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