Marine Fishers Association Origin Story
The MFA, which was founded in 2007, represents the interests of the majority of South Australia’s 250+ commercial Marine Scalefish Fishery (MSF) licence holders. These fishers are local, based mainly in regional SA, and supply local wild-caught fish to local and interstate markets.
The fishery is SA’s oldest continually running industry and began in 1836 – we are celebrating our 185th anniversary in 2021!
Our members are often 3rd or even 6th generation fishers and they and their families form the backbone of many of our coastal, regional communities.
The MFA works with the Government through a co-management arrangement to ensure that our local fish stocks continue to be sustainable and our oceans remain pristine – we take our marine stewardship and environmental responsibilities very seriously because we rely on healthy fish stocks and a healthy environment for our and our children’s future.
Our Industry is one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases, not only compared with other seafood producers but also any other primary food production business.
The following provides some comparisons:
Our Carbon footprint
Kg/Kg of product produced
|SA Marine Scalefish fishery
|Mexican inshore artisanal fishery||4.90|
|SA rock lobster||7.43 (SZ) – 20.11 (NZ)|
|South Australian Spencer Gulf prawn fishery||4.69|
|Scottish demersal trawl||4.14|
|European cod fishery||1.80|
|British Columbia salmon, gillnet fishery||3.14|