Sustainable and Responsible Fishing Practice
An OceanWatch Master Fisherman is trained and assessed to participate in environmentally sustainable and responsible fishing practices.
An OceanWatch Master Fisherman voluntarily adopts industry Codes of Practice relevant to individual businesses. Fishing Industry Codes of Practice are a commitment to best practice and developed to reflect the principles of the UNFAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing.
- Estuary General Fishery Code of Practice
- Ocean Haul Fishery Code of Practice
- Ocean Trap and Line Fishery Code of Practice
- Ocean Trawl Fishery Code of Practice
The NSW professional fishing industry is managed for sustainability by the state fisheries department, NSW Department of Primary Industries.
NSW professional fisheries have been environmentally assessed to help ensure they are managed in a sustainable way.
- Estuary General Fishery EIS
- Ocean Hauling Fishery EIS
- Ocean Trap and Line Fishery EIS
- Ocean Trawl Fishery EIS
Fisheries Management Strategies are guidelines developed for professional fishing in NSW, with an intent to accredit fishing activities as sustainable under both State and Commonwealth legislation.
- Estuary General Fishery FMS
- Ocean Hauling Fishery FMS
- Ocean Trap and Line Fishery FMS
- Ocean Trawl Fishery FMS
Seafood Sustainability in Australia
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NSW Food Authority food safety plans are audited yearly to ensure best practice handling, storage and transportation of seafood, guaranteeing exceptional quality and product safety.
Best practice water quality and seafood product sampling which includes weekly laboratory water testing and monthly flesh sampling to protect shellfish consumers from the hazards of marine algal biotoxins.