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

Linda A Selvey
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (7): 457-459. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10969
Published online: 7 October 2013

In reply: While I welcome correspondence about our perspective,1 I would like to point out that the comments made do not provide the complete picture from the publications cited. The Status of key Australian fish stocks reports 2012 only provided information on about 70% of Australia’s catch.2 Of the 150 fish stocks reviewed, 98 were deemed healthy, two were overfished, 11 were either “transitional–recovering” or “transitional–depleting”, and 39 were “undefined”. Although state assessments found snapper in Queensland and New South Wales to be overfished, the stock was reported as undefined.2 There is no information about the remaining 30% of Australia’s catch, including the status of jackass morwong, gemfish, garfish, and blue warehou, all of which have been found to be overfished.3

  • Linda A Selvey

  • School of Public Health, Curtin University, Perth, WA.


Competing interests:

I am a member of the management committee of Doctors for the Environment Australia and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

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