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Greens support push for better seafood labelling

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 5 Nov 2014

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Peter Whish-Wilson welcomes the establishment of the Label My Fish Alliance who is calling for improved labelling of seafood.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The evidence is in. With clearer labelling of seafood, we can achieve healthier oceans and ensure local commercial fishers get better a financial return from their effort.

“Australians who have viewed “What’s the Catch?” on SBS recently have been horrified to learn the dark side of where some of our imported seafood comes from.

“Better seafood labelling ensures that consumers get to have the choice to buy from environmentally sustainable fisheries and support local seafood producers, in other words they have the power to dictate the outcomes.

“It is increasingly frustrating that despite the evidence that better labelling delivers an environmental and economic return, the Federal government is failing to act.

"The seafood labelling Senate Inquiry has heard positive evidence of what the Northern Territory government’s new labelling laws have meant for their local seafood industry and the support stronger labelling laws has from retail businesses"

“The government should pay close attention to this campaign by the Label My Fish Alliance, it will be a winner with Australian voters". .

“Better information gives the power to consumers to influence the health of our oceans and the prosperity of our local industries, jobs and economies.

“Let’s get on with it and label our seafood!” Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.

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