…adds New Species and Updates to Some of our Most Popular Fish from Australia and Overseas.

AMCS fisheries experts have released new updates to Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide for Australian seafood, including tuna, flathead and whiting.

If you don’t yet have the App, download it from the App store here. If you already use it on your smartphone, make sure you update it to get the latest on our popular seafood.

Key Updates

Australia’s tuna and billfish fisheries now have mandatory cameras on board to check on what the longlines are catching in addition to fish. This welcome move gets a tick for transparency, but the cameras reveal a far higher incidence of protected species being caught or killed, such as sea turtles, seabirds, and dolphins.

So if you eat tuna and swordfish you might want to think twice.

Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries are lifting their game, but still have a long way to go. It’s hard to square claims of sustainability against the new information that threatened species are still being caught and killed in fishing gear.

What’s more, this new data comes at a time when the marine park network that would have saved some of these critters is set to be slashed by the Turnbull government.

Orange roughy still treated roughly

Way down south in one of Australia’s largest fisheries¹, deep in the cool dark waters off our southern coast, innovative new measures are being brought in to scare away seabirds from trawlers and stop fishing if sea lions are killed in nets. This is good progress, which we commend.

But overfished species continue to be caught, like orange roughy  –  ‘the old man of the sea’ that lives for a century or more on fragile underwater seamounts.

While some stocks are improving, almost half have declined in the last decade despite major reforms aimed at their recovery.

Australia claims to be a world leader in fisheries management, but if this is as good as it gets, our oceans are in trouble.

Sustainable Seafood Guide

But you can help turn the tide with Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide.

Choose sustainable seafood and make a real difference by avoiding fisheries that harm our oceans and marine life.

Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide is the only consumer guide seafood-lovers can rely on for 100 per cent independent advice about the sustainability of their fish. It’s easy to use, available as an App, and it’s free!

How can we move Australian seafood from the red Say No and amber Think Twice ratings – to the Better Choice green list?

Commonwealth fishery managers have shown a willingness to adopt best-practice management measures, and we are confident that with support of seafood lovers they will address the issues we’ve identified.

We can do better than this. Australians can have thriving sustainable fisheries, robust marine parks and oceans full of marine wildlife.

The green Better Choices in Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide are thanks to YOU demanding sustainable seafood, and the hard work of the fishing industry, fishery managers and conservationists responding to the challenge you’ve laid down – to put seafood on our plates in a way that protects our oceans and marine life.

Will you make sustainable choices when buying seafood? Make the right choice by using Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide.

For our ocean’s sake,

Tooni Mahto Signature

P.S. Stay tuned for more updates rolling out over the coming months, as part of a comprehensive review of Australia’s seafood by AMCS fisheries experts. Download the app and start treading lightly today.

 

TIME TO SWITCH

 Did you know that tomorrow Woolies supermarkets will no longer be giving out single-use plastic bags at their checkouts nationwide? 

This is great news and will help stop billions of plastic bags every year from being used for just a few minutes and then thrown away. 

Convenience doesn’t have to cost the Earth, and while they’re handy, these bags are one of the greatest threats to ocean wildlife. Over time they break up into smaller and smaller pieces – ending up in our oceans and our marine wildlife. 

Coles will be following suit and ban their bags on 1 July. 

This is the perfect chance for us all to do a plastic audit and see where we can take steps to reduce our plastic use. 

Many types of plastic we use daily can be easily swapped out with eco-friendly options, pretty much straight away. 

Here are some simple swaps to get you started: 

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What can you swap out today? 

Thank you,
Dermot O’Gorman
CEO, WWF-Australia

 

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Welcome to the May edition of Nurture! We hope that whilst you’ve been dreaming of attending the upcoming 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards, you’ve also had time to stop and bask in some positive signs that South East Queensland is intensifying its war on plastic. Indeed, plastic pollution was a major theme of the month with Brisbane City Council announcing they will phase-out single-use plastics and the launch of our Stemming The Tide campaign! Read on for the juicy details.
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2018 Awards Gala Dinner tickets on sale now

The 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards Gala Dinner is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to secure your ticket at the special early-bird price of $135 (on sale until 20 June). The prestigious gala dinner offers you a golden opportunity to recognise and celebrate South East Queensland’s environment heroes. By attending you will gain a fascinating insight into the many innovative environment projects being undertaken throughout the region and have a chance to network alongside community, government and industry leaders who share a passion to protect our environment.

Come along and enjoy drinks and canapes under the stars in King George Square and then a three-course meal beneath the backdrop of the iconic Brisbane City Hall auditorium. To really get the most out of the night, why not join with friends and colleagues and enjoy the gala dinner in style by purchasing a table of ten for $1350. Ticket sales for the gala dinner close 18 July. Don’t miss out!

Book your tickets now

Brisbane City Council ditches single-use plastics

Brisbane City Council has announced it will phase out single-use items including straws, plastic bottles and balloons from all council-sponsored events! The news is a huge boost for the environment and particularly our marine friends in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay. Well done BCC and everyone who brought awareness to the issue! Read why Healthy Land and Water CEO Julie McLellan believes this is such a crucial step in the fight against plastic pollution.
Read what Julie had to say

‘Stemming The Tide’ campaign launches

Suzette Collins and Caitlin Murphy from community group Freedom, Empowerment and Love (FEAL).
Can you feel the changing tide? In recent months, awareness of the environmental damage caused by plastic pollution has increased. To keep the conversation rolling, we’ve gone and launched ‘Stemming The Tide’, a series of feature stories showcasing the projects and initiatives aiming to clean up our oceans and waterways. First to be featured is Gold Coast environmentalists Suzette Collins and Caitlin Murphy, who are tackling cigarette butt pollution and have already collected 10,000 discarded cigarettes! Their story is inspiring. Look out for more stories on our website and Facebook page, and if you want to be featured, get in touch now.

Community project hands lifeline to rare moth

            FOCS members on-site at Peachester.                                      A restored section of Cahill’s Scrub Reserve.
How good is this! A passionate group of residents known as Friends of Cahill’s Scrub (FOCS) are working hard alongside Sunshine Coast Council on a restoration project that could eventually provide the endangered pink underwing moth an ideal breeding habitat on the Sunny Coast.
Read about their inspiring work

Shell-ebrations highlight value of SEQ’s turtles

It was World Turtle Day on May 23! In honour of our majestic marine friends, we grabbed Healthy Land and Water’s Dr Paul Maxwell and got him to explain why turtles are so important to South East Queensland’s marine ecosystems like Moreton Bay and the Great Barrier Reef. You might be surprised by what he told us!
Read more about the importance of turtles

Workshops helping graziers improve operations

Graziers walked away armed with new methods to improve their cattle operations following a free Healthy Land and Water workshop at Oaky Creek in the Scenic Rim last week. Attendees learnt all about soil health, erosion control and animal monitoring during a hands-on day hosted by cattle expert Graham Hand. It was the latest in a series of workshops aimed at teaching landholders and graziers new methods of streamlining their operations and increasing profits.
Read more about the workshops

Upcoming Workshops…

Innovation in Erosion Gully Control
Saturday 16 June 2018
9:00am – 11:00pm
Mount Forbes
FreeCome along and learn about a new material and construction method planned for installing weirs on your property. Attendees will witness the design and construction process on-site at the location of a planned weir at Mount Forbes.
Grab a ticket now
Events
The Green Light Tour
28 June 2018Turning urban greening policy into action, the Green Light is a five-stop national tour to help build capacity in local councils by sharing the latest policy updates, best-practice case studies and up to date research on greening.

Learn more
Climbing the Little Liverpool Range
30 June 2018Come for the amazing views of Main Range National Park and stay for a comprehensive insight into the collaborative approach to conservation through sustainable agriculture and land management across the Range.

Join in
Peaks to Points Festival
14 – 29 July 2018Peaks to Points Festival is an array of events and activities focusing on important environmental and sustainability issues for South Brisbane including Ipswich, Logan and Redlands.
Learn more

The latest WWF-Australia newsletter is available now.
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Finally, a Safe Home for Koalas in QLD!

The vital laws to help stop excessive tree-clearing in Queensland have just been passed! 

Over a year ago, we exposed the tree-clearing crisis in QLD and the devastating effect it was having on our Aussie wildlife.

With over 80% of koalas already lost from Queensland’s Koala Coast, there wasn’t a moment to lose.

By sending your KIMBY and with your generous support, you helped us put the spotlight on our iconic yet vulnerable koalas, and that message was heard loud and clear.

Thanks to you, over half a million emails have now been sent to key Queensland politicians, letting them know that you want to see ‘Koalas In My Backyard.’

Here’s what you helped achieve:

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Thank you for being a voice for QLD’s koalas. We did it!

But the work isn’t over, we’ll be ensuring the QLD laws are adopted.

Meanwhile, in NSW tree-clearing laws are still threatening the lives of koalas. With your support, we won’t stop until all koalas have a safe place to call home. We’ll be in touch again soon to let you know how you can help in the next critical part of the plan!

Darren Grover 
Head of Living Ecosystems 
WWF-Australia