Profiling Australian fisheries and aquaculture production

Australian aquaculture production continues to make a significant contribution to Australia’s seafood production, accounting for 43% of the $2.4 billion gross value of total fisheries production in 2012-13. Tasmania continues to account for the largest proportion of the total value of production, at 29%, followed by South Australia, 19%, and Western Australia, 18%. These are just some of the latest details available in today’s release of Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics 2013, by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said the report was an important source of information for the fishing and aquaculture industry, fisheries managers, policymakers and researchers.

“In 2012-13 the gross value of Australian fisheries production increased by 3%, with wild capture fisheries contributing all of this growth,” Ms Schneider said.

“The gross value of production of wild capture fisheries increased by 6%, to $1.4 billion in 2012-13, reversing the downward trend in wild catch GVP that had prevailed since 2000-01.”

The report includes detailed analysis of the industry, which has a large export focus, mainly to the Asian region.

Ms Schneider said that in addition to production statistics, the report provided estimates of Australian consumption of seafood, and how that consumption compares with meat products.

“In 2012-13 seafood consumption was higher than sheep and lamb, but lower than other major meat products, at around 15 kilograms a person,” Ms Schneider said.

“Today’s report provides a detailed account of the production and trade trends for Australia’s fisheries industry.”

Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics is part of a suite of ABARES publications that provides a comprehensive account of historical trends in, and the outlook for, Australian fisheries.

On releasing the report, Ms Schneider acknowledged the valuable assistance and contribution of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

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Posted 21 November 2014