Media Release Fisheries

Protect our oceans and your pockets this Christmas by choosing sustainable and affordable seafood

December 21, 2020

Seafood lovers are being reminded that enjoying their favourite dishes this Christmas can be affordable as well as sustainable.

We are used to having the entirety of our ocean’s bounty at our tables at Christmas, but Australians everywhere are starting to realise that we have to be a bit more careful. Even after a year like 2020, we can’t forget about our oceans.

The good news is that those looking for more value for money seafood options for their parties and gatherings won’t have to forgo sustainability or taste.

“There are heaps of budget-friendly options for Australians looking to celebrate with sustainable  seafood this Christmas,” said Sascha Rust, manager of the Australian Marine Conservation Society’s GoodFish program.

“Farmed oysters and mussels, Spanish mackerel from Australia’s north, sea mullet from the east coast, Spencer Gulf king prawns and farmed murray cod will all be amazing and value for money choices whether you’re planning a light lunch or serving up a seafood platter extravaganza.

“And the best thing about these choices – and others – is that they tread lightly on our seas while supporting Australian fishing and farming communities who have done it tough this year.”

Adrian Meder, AMCS’s Sustainable Seafood Program manager added: “Seafood like Eastern and Western Rock Lobster – usually an expensive treat for Australians – are expected to be more affordable on domestic markets because of the current trade friction with China. This Christmas could be a rare opportunity to dine out on lobsters caught from healthy stocks with little impact on other species or seafloor habitats.

“Making sustainable choices this festive season will help ensure the fishers and producers who take ocean stewardship seriously are rewarded.”

Seafood lovers can use AMCS’ GoodFish: Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide to find the most sustainable options that help keep our oceans healthy and full of life while out shopping at supermarkets and fish mongers.

Fully independent from government and industry, the GoodFish guide uses a traffic light system to advise users on the sustainability of their choices. The ratings are based on the latest scientific data and informs users on any threats to protected species or fish stocks. It also provides users with details on how the seafood was farmed or fished.

GoodFish – Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide is available as a free app and online. Visit