Carbon neutral aim paying dividends
It is no doubt that Australian fisheries are among the best managed in the world and it is important to recognise companies who are leading the way in sustainability and reducing adverse seafood industry impacts on the environment.
This brings us to the story of Austral Fisheries who won the Environment Award, proudly sponsored by MSC Australia NZ, at the 2017 Western Australian Seafood Industry Awards last month.
In 2016, Austral Fisheries, a commercial fishing company operating vessels in the sub-Antarctic and in the Gulf of Carpentaria, took a lead industry voice on tackling climate change by becoming the first seafood business in the world to be certified carbon neutral (under the Australian Government Carbon Neutral Program).
Austral General Manager of Sales and Marketing Dylan Skinns said the certification was a part of a commitment to sustainability.
“Austral is planting 190,000 native Australian trees here in WA each year to offset its carbon emissions from ocean to plate.
“It’s now a process of starting a movement, convincing our customers, suppliers and supply chain partners to play their part and look into reducing their own emissions.
“Simply we cannot have sustainable fisheries without looking after the planet”, he said.
In full commitment to the climate change cause, not only is Austral planting trees but they have committed to the process of convincing members of our supply chain to also reduce their own carbon emissions.
WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) CEO, John Harrison said Austral Fisheries has demonstrated excellence in developing and undertaking an environmental activity that has contributed substantially towards protecting or rehabilitating aquatic environments, or reducing adverse seafood industry impacts on the environment.
“Addressing one of the greatest challenges of our time – climate change, Austral Fisheries has show great innovation and tenacity in leading the industry and becoming the first seafood business in the world to be certified carbon neutral”, said Mr Harrison.
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