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Fishing industry appeal on orange roughy fails in victory for sustainability

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April 8, 2021

An appeal by the fishing industry to overturn a ruling on the sustainability of fishing for a long lived Australian fish – the orange roughy – has failed following a long battle for science and Australian environmental laws to be respected.

An independent adjudicator threw out the appeal by consultants hired by the fishing industry – MRAG Americas. It means the orange roughy cannot be certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) because it is a protected species, listed as ‘Conservation Dependent’ under Australian law.

The ruling brings to a close a nine month long battle brought by the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and the World Wide Fund for…



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