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THE Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is encouraging all Australians to celebrate Sustainable Seafood Day (March 11) by enjoying MSC-certified products.

MSC Asia Pacific Director, Patrick Caleo, said: “The option to choose certified sustainable seafood in Australia has never been easier. Thanks to Coles, you can find MSC labelled seafood at deli counters across the country. IKEA is also serving MSC certified seafood on shelf and in their cafes nationwide.

“Hats off to John West who has transformed their canned tuna business in Australia by overhauling their supply chain to bring more than a 100 million MSC labelled cans to our shelves, the largest supply of MSC labelled tuna cans in the world.”

“We encourage people to look for the blue MSC ecolabel and I’ll admit, in the past it has been a challenge to find the blue tick but now it’s hard to miss it throughout the frozen, fresh, deli counters and shelves of Australian supermarkets.”

The MSC also proudly welcomed the country’s first yellowfin, albacore tuna and swordfish fishery to achieve the blue tick, with Walker Seafoods from the Commonwealth managed Eastern Tuna Billfish fishery becoming MSC certified. The Commonwealth managed Blue Grenadier also became certified as well as two more prawn fisheries – Exmouth Gulf and Shark Bay Prawns from Western Australia.

“The addition of two more prawn fisheries has tipped the scales of Australian wild-caught prawns to more than 50 per cent being MSC certified,” said Mr Caleo.

“We’re also tremendously proud of Austral Fisheries, who operate in four MSC certified fisheries for their bold and innovative initiative to become the first fishing company in the world to quantify, publish and then offset their total operational carbon emissions. This is a world first for a fishing business and one that operates in the coldest and hottest climates on earth.”

Register online at to host your own Sustainable Seafood Day – and you’ll receive a free hosting pack including recipes, an MSC product finder, documentary film, infographic coasters and decorations for your sustainable seafood feast. Share your sustainable seafood pics with #forthesea for a chance to win prizes including a shark dive.