Do assessments of fish stock sustainability work for consumers?

Hunt, Colin (2012) Do assessments of fish stock sustainability work for consumers?. The Conversation, .

Author Hunt, Colin
Title Do assessments of fish stock sustainability work for consumers?
Journal name The Conversation
Publication date 2012-12-13
Sub-type Other
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher The Conversation Media Trust
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The report, Status of Key Australian Fish Stocks 2012 is the first official report combining assessments of major Commonwealth and state-managed fisheries into one document. The report paints a rosy picture. Of the 150 fish stocks assessed only two are found to be overfished.

The two overfished stocks are southern bluefin tuna and school shark.

How should consumers respond to this finding? In the case of southern bluefin, the fattened fish are sent to Japan, so the Australian consumer is not faced with a decision. The inference is that only school shark, whose stock is fished to a very low level, is of concern. When we go to the market, they’re suggesting, we really don’t need to worry – all the other Aussie fresh fish on offer is sustainable.
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Other
Collection: School of Economics Publications
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Created: Thu, 13 Dec 2012, 12:27:25 EST by Dr Colin Hunt on behalf of School of Economics