Endangered Australian fish being sold in shops and restaurants

Blue warehou, eastern gemfish and scalloped hammerhead categorised as ‘conservation dependent’ and commercially fished

Endangered fish species are being routinely sold to Australian and international consumers thanks to a little-known feature of environmental laws that allows for the species to be commercially fished.

Under Australian environmental laws, marine species that are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered are classified as “no take” species, meaning they cannot be sold or exported.

Related: Australian government stops listing major threats to species under environment laws

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