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Overview: Australian Fish Names Standard AS SSA 5300
The need for Standard Fish Names in Australia was recognised as early as the 1920s in order to address growing confusion in the market caused by:
In surveys in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, a large majority of the people surveyed rated accuracy in fish names and labelling as a major factor when purchasing seafood - the highest ranking of any category (Ruello, 2000).
The Australian Fish Names Standard AS SSA 5300 addresses these issues by assigning one Standard Fish Name for each species. It includes Standard Fish Names to be used in Australia for:
Industry-wide adoption of Standard Fish Names is vital for:
The Standard was developed by Seafood Services Australia's Fish Names Committee in accordance with Standard's Australia's requirements for accredited Standards Development Organisations. It is a result of extensive consultation and a consensus among a wide range of stakeholders, and input from several of the world's leading fisheries taxonomists.
Strategic investments by the Australian Government Fisheries Research and Development Corporation have made the development of this Standard possible.
Seafood Services Australia is a not for profit company supported by the Australian seafood industry and the Australian Government through funding from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.