Picture this: way down deep in our cool southern seas lies a chain of ancient sea mounts – deep sea mountains, home to ancient, fragile corals and slow growing fish. Ancient fish born as far back as 1870, when Ned Kelly was a boy.
Now picture heavy, deep sea trawlers destroying 1000 year old corals, scooping up ancient fish which are still recovering from heavy fishing pressure in the 1980s.
Sound sustainable? Hardly. Yet according to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), this fishery should get a blue tick of approval, which would market it as one of the most sustainable fisheries in Australia.