Chef Neil Perry was on hand on the banks of the River Torrens in Adelaide yesterday to officially cook up the world’s first certified sustainable king prawn.
South Australia’s Spencer Gulf King Prawn Fishery yesterday celebrated its achievement of becoming the only king prawn fishery in the world to gain the international certification for sustainability from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) with a launch event with Perry as the guest star.
Perry - who has long been a champion of seafood sustainability - arrived at the launch on board Adelaide’s iconic Torrens River cruise boat Popeye and then fished a few live Spencer Gulf prawns out of a tank before working with local chef, the Hilton’s Dennis Leslie, to prepare a few for the barbecue.
Perry said he had for a long time regarded the Spencer Gulf King Prawn Fishery as being sustainable in the way it was managed.
“But it’s great from our perspective and for the restaurant as well that there is now this third party confirmation,” Perry said.
The South Australian fishing industry is proving itself to be a leader in its support of MSC certification - the Lakes and Coroong fishery has four species that have gained MSC certification including Golden Perch (callop), Pipis (Goolwa cockles), Mulloway and Yellow eye mullet.
Other Australian fisheries with the certification include the Western Rock Lobster fishery and the Mackerel Icefish fishery.
MSC manager Australian and New Zealand Pat Caleo said the certification was an "outstanding" achievement for the Spencer Gulf prawn fishery.
"It's the first prawn fishery in Australia, and the Asia Pacific region, to be certified by the MSC, and is also the first king prawn fishery in the world to be certified," he said.
"This is an outstanding result. Certification is testament to the hard work and dedication of the prawn fisherman represented by the SGWCPFA. They have already made good fishery improvements during the assessment process, and have committed to even more progress as part of certification."