Sustainable Seafood

Sustainable and Responsible Fishing Practice


Master Fisherman Program

An OceanWatch Master Fisherman is trained and assessed to participate in environmentally sustainable and responsible fishing practices. The Program incorporates many of these aspects including: quality assurance, bycatch reduction devices and techniques, animal welfare, threatened species management, catch documentation, marine pests management, protection of habitat, pollution, indigenous fishing, fisheries management and workplace health and safety, etc.

Training is facilitated by OceanWatch Australia and assessment is overseen by the NSW Fishing Industry Training Committee, linked to the national Seafood Industry Training Package and industry wide codes of practice.

Each Master Fisherman is working according to NSW Food Safety Plans and hold relevant maritime competencies specific to their individual endorsement needs.


Codes of Practice

An OceanWatch Master Fisherman voluntarily adopts industry Codes of Practice. These codes are a commitment to environmental best practice and are aligned with the principles and objectives of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. 


Environmental Impact Statements

An environmental impact assessment has been completed for each of the major NSW wild catch fisheries to help ensure they are managed in a sustainable way.


Fisheries Management Strategies

Fisheries management strategies are guidelines for NSW professional fisheries, developed with an intent to accredit fishing activities in NSW as sustainable under both State and Commonwealth legislation.


More about Seafood Sustainability in Australia



Bycatch reduction 

  • Eel Trap

  • Prawn Net

Mitigation Seabird Predation

Food Safety Plans

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.

Bio-toxin Management Plans

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.