South Australia’s commercial Pipi fishery has reaffirmed its sustainability credentials by achieving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) recertification.
MSC provides independent environmental accreditation for wild capture fisheries and acknowledges and rewards sustainable fishing practices.
The commercial Pipi fishery, which forms part of the Lakes and Coorong fishery – the first South Australian fishery to gain the prestigious MSC certification in 2008 – has successfully attained recertification until 2021.
Quotes attributable to PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture Director Policy, Sean Sloan
South Australia’s Pipi fishery is one of the great success stories of our fishing sector and has developed rapidly in recent years.
In 2009, we addressed excessive fishing pressure and Pipi stock decline by introducing quota management.
Since then, through determination and continued industry innovation and product development, the fishery is now a flourishing industry in the Goolwa and Lower Lakes region.
This includes the development of innovative packaging that has extended the shelf life of fresh and frozen Pipi and a smoked Pipi range to provide consumers a new, premium seafood offering under the Goolwa Pipi Co brand.
Recertification of the fishery assures consumers they are supporting a sustainable fishing industry when purchasing this high quality product.
The State Government is thrilled to help the Pipi Fishery regain the highly sought-after MSC accreditation, which will continue to give South Australian Pipis a market edge and help them expand into new markets both across Australia and internationally.
Quotes attributable to Southern Fishermen’s Association Executive Officer, Neil Macdonald
Recertification of the Pipi fishery under the MSC Standard is a strong reflection of the successful collaboration between government and industry and the sound fisheries management and science practices in place for the fishery.
The regular reassessment process drives a culture of continual improvement and innovation which supports our environmental credentials, management practices and ensures a high quality product for consumers to enjoy.
Importantly, MSC provides an independent assurance to our growing customer base that they are supporting a viable industry that is committed to sustainable fishing practices.
South Australia’s commercial Pipi fishery is part of the Lakes and Coorong Fishery and operates on the Coorong Beach in the Lower Lakes region.
The fishery produces around 440 tonnes of seafood each year and contributes more than $3.5 million to the state economy.
The MSC Standard assesses three core principles - fishery stock sustainability, impact on the marine environment and management of the fishery. Reassessment is undertaken every five years by independent auditors. In granting recertification, the MSC recognises the Pipi fishery for good environmental management and sustainable fishing practices.
A $30,000 State Government grant, through the Building South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Credential Program, helped the fishery achieve its recertification.
Pipi is also an extremely important species for recreational and traditional fishing sectors, as they are easily accessible from the shore and popular for both human consumption and bait.