Social and Economic Evaluation of the Victorian Wild-catch Seafood and Aquaculture Industry – STAGE 1

Project Number:



Seafood Industry Victoria Inc

Principal Investigator:

Johnathon Davey

Project Status:


FRDC Expenditure:



Communities, Industry

Social and Economic Evaluation of the Victorian Wild-catch and Aquaculture Industries - Stage 1

Final Report
Author(s):Kirsten Abernethy, Kate Barclay, Johnathon Davey
Date Published:January 2018

The FRDC Victorian Research Advisory Committee identified the need for a research project to measure the multiple social and economic contributions of the professional fishing and aquaculture sectors as an urgent and high priority. FRDC and the Human Dimensions Research (HDR) subprogram also identified a strong need for a coordinated approach and framework to evaluate professional fisheries across the States and Territories in Australia.

As such, 2016-263 Social and Economic Evaluation of the Victorian Wild-catch and Aquaculture Industries – STAGE 1 was funded by the VicRAC in early 2017. The purpose of the project was to determine the appropriate approach to take for Victorian fisheries in collaboration with industry. This scoping project had two aims. The first was to develop engagement, collaborative partnerships and support from the Victorian wild-catch and aquaculture industry sectors, for a fully-funded 2-year FRDC project to measure the social and economic contribution of Victorian wild-catch and aquaculture industries to Victorian communities. This culminated in an industry workshop, which informed research design and dissemination, built support, and developed pathways to ensure participation from industry. The second aim was to develop a fully-costed methodology for a full FRDC application for a Victorian ‘contribution study’ to be submitted in 2017 that was appropriate for the Victorian context, in-line with the HDR framework, built on the methodologies used in NSW work FRDC projects 2014-301 and 2015-302, and identified an appropriate and experience team and their roles.

This scoping project was undertaken in partnership by Seafood Industry Victoria (SIV) and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2017. Key words: social and economic contributions, workshop, methodology, collaboration, Victoria, wild-catch, aquaculture


1. To develop a proposed set of work packages to evaluate the social and economic contribution of the Victorian seafood industry

2. To prioritise work packages in terms of cost, available data, feasibility, time, and what would be lost if not included in a Victorian evaluation of the seafood industry

3. To collaborate with the seafood industry to develop priorities and good engagement for a Victorian evaluation of the seafood industry

4. To collaborate with national stakeholders to ensure a Victorian study will be appropriate for scaling up to a national evaluation of the seafood industry

5. To use the workshops to develop a proposal for Stage 2, the social and economic evaluation itself