WA’s peak fishing advocacy group is pushing for new laws that would require restaurants and other food service outlets to list the origins of their seafood to support the State’s almost $1 billion industry. The WA Fishing Industry Council is also urging patrons to ask for local seafood, in the hope more restaurants will voluntarily adopt such labelling. WAFIC chief executive Darryl Hockey said while Country of Origin labelling was mandatory in packaged retail seafood, those laws disappeared as soon as it was cooked and sold. This makes it difficult for diners to distinguish between sustainable Australian seafood and product imported from other markets. “We would like to see Country of Origin, or better yet, State of Origin labelling mandated for seafood sold in the food service sector,” Mr Hockey said. He plans to raise the issue with new Fisheries Minister Don Punch at a meeting next week. Clancy’s Fish Pub brand ambassador Tom Fisher said his business’ four outlets used as much local fish as possible, and proudly displayed its origins on menus and specials boards. Although the family-owned business has been operating for more than 30 years, the push to promote clear and local labelling only started about five years ago. “We are keen to use as much high-quality WA seafood as possible and we list its origins on the menu,” Mr Fisher said. “We want to be transparent and support our local fishing industry at the same time.” Clancy’s Fish Pub sold seven tonnes of WA-caught fish fillets in the last financial year. Mr Fisher believes other restaurants should be transparent in labelling the origins of their products, and supports WAFIC’s push for more accurate labelling to be made mandatory. WA’s commercial fishing and aquaculture operators inject nearly $1b into the WA economy and create 6000 local jobs each year, a 2019 analysis found.