Caught Out – the Imported Seafood Saga

“Australia produces about 250,000 tonnes of whole fish weight and we import over 200,000 tonnes of fillet weight, therefore making consumption around 400,000 tonnes. So we are only producing half of what we need.”

That’s the word from Harry Peters, Managing Director of major seafood importer Marine Product Marketing, in an excerpt from our new video interview with Harry which you can find online at

In it, Harry dispels some of the misconceptions about imported seafood, including the idea that imported seafood is substandard fish produced in substandard conditions.

“In all of my 47 years in the industry I have never seen a television program that depicts the truth,” Harry insists. “All we see is a one-sided, slanted view.”

Harry argues that Australia simply cannot keep up with the amount of fish that people need to eat a healthy diet by relying solely on local product.

“Fisheries Research and Development, in one of their research papers quote very clearly that by the year 2050 we will need over 1 million tonnes of seafood simply to sustain the current per capita usage of today.”

He says many nations are now importing seafood from Asia simply because it is the main area for prawn production throughout the world, and that Asian producers are at the forefront of fish aquaculture.

“Basa has been very maligned but has now received international accreditation by Best Aquaculture Practice and the quality of barramundi coming out of Southeast Asia is far superior to most Australian plants.”

To get the full story, watch the video at