Certifier : 
q.inspecta GmbH
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
09 Nov 2016
Certificate expires : 
24 Feb 2027


Fisheries are composed of one or more parts, each of which is entitled to receive an MSC certificate. These parts or “units” are defined by their target stock(s), fishing gear type(s) and if relevant vessel type(s), and the fishing fleets or groups of vessels.

When the term “Unit of Certification” is used for fishing units that are in assessment, it refers to the “Unit of Assessment” or “Unit of potential certification”. Expand a status below to view the parts that form this fishery. To check the detailed scope, download the latest certificate or open the Assessments page to get the latest report. Find out more by visiting our page on Fisheries

Units of Certification & Certificate Information

  • Certified
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area Certificate Code
    UoC-1372 Australia cockle (Donax deltoides) Miscellaneous Gear: Rake 57 (Indian Ocean, Eastern) MSC-F-31424

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Australia cockle (Donax deltoides) 2022 413.9

Information is provided by an independent Conformity Assessment Body as live weight (the weight of species at the time of catch, before processing) and where a fishing season covers multiple years, the end year is given as the reported catch year. Additional information is available in the latest report, see the assessments page.

About this Fishery

Located on the Coorong lagoon, Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert near Adelaide, and the adjacent coastal waters of the Southern Ocean, Lakes and Coorong is unusual. Based in a national park and protected wetland that contains three distinct ecosystems, it was the first community fishery in Australia to achieve MSC certification back in 2008.

Pipi or Coorong cockles are native to South Australia and are harvested by hand using rakes.

Read the story of the Lakes and Coorong pipi fishery > 

As well as pipi, the fishery targets a number of finfish species including yellow eyed mullet (Aldrichetta forsteri), golden perch (Macquaria ambigua) and mulloway (Argyrosomus hololepidotus). Although its original certification in 2008 covered both finfish and pipis as one Unit of Certification (UoC), these have now been separated for current and future assessments.

Lakes and Coorong finfish >

Market Information

Pipi are sold domestically.