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21 Oct 2015
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09 Dec 2025



Shark Bay is on the coast of Western Australia and this fishery targets Western king prawns (Penaeus latisulcatus), brown tiger prawns (Penaeus esculentus). 

Alongside Exmouth Gulf further up the coast, Shark Bay was one of the first fisheries to achieve certification through the Western Australian Government’s $14.5 million program. The aim is to provide all of the State's commercial fisheries the opportunity to be assessed for third party certification. 

The region is home to migratory seabirds, turtles, whale sharks, as well as a diversity of fish, so good management and precautionary measures are important. 

"MSC certification, builds on existing practices, such as the use of turtle exclusion devices on nets, which have significantly reduced turtle bycatch. WWF congratulates the WA Government for its leadership in supporting independent accreditation such as MSC certification. Other governments would do well to follow WA’s lead in supporting its fishing and aquaculture industries to demonstrate sustainable credentials through third party independent certifications." 

- Jo-Anne McCrea, WWF-Australia

Discover the story of the Shark Bay Prawn Fishery:

Watch World Heritage. Wilderness. Wonderland on YouTube