Northern Prawn Fishery receives MSC certification –

Northern Prawn Fishery receives MSC certification Published:  08 November, 2012

AUSTRALIA’s largest prawn fishery, the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), has achieved MSC certification, much to the delight of the nation’s numerous barbeque lovers.

MSC Manager of Australia and New Zealand, Patrick Caleo, said: “Australians have an insatiable appetite for prawns, particularly during summer and Christmas, and now they can enjoy them sourced from a certified sustainable fishery.”

“NFP supplies to Woolworths and Coles, so they’ll be easy to find and buy,” he said.

The MSC assessment applies to all the 52 NPF vessels that cover the fishery’s 771,000 square kilometres of tropical waters off Australia’s northern coast from Cape Londonderry in Western Australia to Cape York in Queensland. The fishery catches a number of species including white banana, red legged banana, brown tiger, grooved tiger, blue endeavour and red endeavour prawns.

“It is one of only a handful of prawn fisheries worldwide to have demonstrated they meet the MSC global standard and the first MSC certified fishery to supply banana and tiger prawns,” said Mr Caleo.

The assessment of NPF was partly funded by Woolworths Australia and WWF US. The assessment process took over a year to complete and was conducted by independent auditors MRAG Americas. The fishery was assessed against the MSC standard which is based on three over-arching principles; viability of the target stock, impact on the ecosystem and management of the fishery.

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

Also speaking today Vice Chairman of NPF Industry, David Carter, said the recognition by the MSC is a crowning achievement. “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,” he said.