Australia Import Controls

Australia Import Controls
Grantee Australia Marine Conservation Society
Grant Amount 1139000
Duration Three Years

The Minderoo Foundation has developed a campaign to strengthen Australia’s seafood import controls to improve sustainability standards and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. AMCS has been part of discussions to shape the direction of the campaign. The current working name for the alliance (to be confirmed) is “Fair Catch Alliance: Committed to improving seafood import standards”.

The proposed three-year campaign aims to secure and support the adoption and implementation of new import controls rules to prevent IUU seafood from entering the

Australian market. This includes:

1. Policy reform to require importers to demonstrate fish and seafood are from sustainable sources and not the product of illegal fishing prior to border clearance.

Imported seafood must undergo audit checks to ensure that the import declarations accurately reflect the commercial documents and physical cargo.

2. A comprehensive catch documentation scheme for all imported fish and seafood, which allows the product to be traced from point-of-harvest to point-of-sale. The standard must collect data on key data elements as recognised by the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) Standards and Guidelines for Interoperable Seafood Traceability Systems.

3. Consistent national seafood labelling standards, that provide the Australian consumer with accurate information about the product’s species, origin, method of capture/production at all points of sale, and meet the same standards as local products.