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Western Australian rock lobster fishery gains third MSC certification March 13,2012   |  Source: TheFishSite

The Western Australian rock lobster fishery – the world’s first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fishery - is now the first fishery in the world to be certified as sustainable for a third time, following an independent assessment against the MSC’s standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.

Australia’s most valuable single species fishery at an estimated value of $200M per year, the Western Australian rock lobster fishery was first certified back in 2000 and was recertified in 2006. This recertification has again demonstrated - through the rigorous assessment process conducted by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) – that the rock lobster stocks being targeted are healthy, fishing practices have minimal impact on the marine eco-system and overall the fishery is well managed.

As a result, products from this fishery can continue to bear the blue MSC ecolabel, which assures customers they are from a sustainable and well managed fishery.

Western rock lobsters are found in temperate to subtropical waters off the west coast of Western Australia, stretching from North West Cape in the north through to south of Cape Leeuwin, but are found with greater abundance off the mid west coast between Geraldton and Perth.

The certification covers the


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