Australia’s dietary guidelines and the environmental impact of food “from paddock to plate”

Alexandra McManus
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11846
Published online: 7 October 2013

To the Editor: Selvey and Carey1 cite an article by Srinivasan and colleagues2 to support their claim that “Forty per cent of Australia’s managed fish stocks have been deemed overfished”. However, the data in that article were misquoted from the Australian Government’s Fishery status reports 2006, which actually stated that 14 of the 97 fish stocks reviewed were overfished3 — 14%, not 40%. More recent evidence from the 2012 review of 150 fish stocks showed that only two (1.3%) were at risk of overfishing, and plans were already in place for their effective recovery.4

  • Alexandra McManus

  • Centre of Excellence for Science, Seafood and Health, Curtin University, Perth, WA.


Competing interests:

The Centre of Excellence for Science, Seafood and Health (CESSH) is an independent research centre that has several current projects funded through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre. The comments contained in this letter are independent of any of the bodies from which the CESSH has successfully gained research funding.


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