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Fish Names Guarantee a Breakthrough for Consumers

by Ellen Hardy
24 June 2008, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - A scheme for seafood retailers to display the "Approved Fish Names" logo guarantee has been launched in Australia.

The scheme nationally standardises fish names, helping to remove the confusion that numerous surveys have revealed reduces consumers' confidence in purchasing seafood.

Ted Loveday, Managing Director of Seafood Services Australia said today's launch of the Fish Names Brand Scheme was a critically important innovation for both seafood businesses and consumers.

"A lot of people in the seafood industry are very excited about this scheme," Mr Loveday said.

"It's a breakthrough. It's been a long time coming and will make a real difference to seafood retailing across the nation.

"It's adoption by all the retailers at the Sydney Fish Market from today is just the beginning, and a very significant indication of how responsible retailers believe adopting the standard fish names scheme can benefit their business and help consumers. The Sydney Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the country and all of the retailers there recognize the benefits of this scheme.

"By adopting the scheme and displaying the 'Approved Fish Names' logo in their premises, participating retail outlets can demonstrate to customers their commitment to the accurate use of names and labelling of fish. That will certainly give them a marketing edge."

Mr Loveday said the SSA scheme aimed to strengthen consumer confidence in seafood.

"The scheme addresses the most important concern identified amongst seafood consumers in numerous surveys over the past two decades. The consistent use of correct fish names, along with the accurate identification of the country of origin of the product, is essential for long-term consumer confidence.

"The Australian Fish Names Standard AS SSA 5300-2007 defines one Standard Fish Name to be used for each seafood species produced or traded in Australia. The list was developed by SSA's National Fish Names Committee through an extensive consultation process involving seafood experts, consumer representatives, fisheries managers and other stakeholders -- a mammoth six-year project involving public consultation and the assigning of names for 4,500 seafood species -- and was adopted by Standards Australia as an official Australian Standard in July 2007.

"The SSA Fish Names Brand Scheme directly addresses accuracy in fish names. It provides positive incentives for seafood businesses to achieve and promote the use of correct fish names and accurate labelling through a recognised logo in which consumers can have confidence."

Details of the scheme are available on the SSA website: www.seafood.net.au

Ellen Hardy