The Australian Mackerel Icefish Fishery is the latest to put itself forward for the Marine Stewardship Council Standard.

The Standard is awarded to well-managed and sustainable fisheries throughout the world who successfully complete the MSC’s assessment.

Mackerel Icefish operates off the coasts of Heard Island and McDonald Islands and is under the direct management of the Australia Fisheries Management Authority. 

The 2002/03 Total Allowable Catch for the fishery was 2,980 tonnes. 

Brendan May, chief executive for the MSC, said: “We are pleased that yet another fishery has entered the MSC process.

“It is further evidence that the
MSC label is increasingly sought by the seafood industry.”

May said the global reach of the MSC programme was fast increasing and its acceptance was spreading among conservationists and fishing operators alike.