According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Australia’s prawn fisheries lead the world in fisheries management.
Bio-economic models and stock assessment surveys are used in many fisheries to set harvest levels that maintain productive prawn stocks while maximising fishery returns and minimising ecological impacts.
Australia’s prawn fishers are involved in management in partnership with State and Federal governments and actively invest in managing bycatch and reducing environmental impacts. All prawn fisheries operate and are committed to high ecologically sustainable standards. Fisheries operate under their state, territory or federal legislation. They are required to meet obligations under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and achieve the Global Seafood Sustainability Index standard.