Title:

Valuing Victoria's Wild-catch fisheries and aquaculture industries

Project Number:

2017-092

Organisation:

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Principal Investigator:

Kate Barclay

Project Status:

Current

FRDC Expenditure:

$497,438.75

Program(s):

Communities

Need

A study which measures the contribution of Victorian wild-catch and aquaculture fisheries to community wellbeing will meet multiple needs: • Generate detailed, spatially-defined knowledge on the economic and social contributions of fisheries to community wellbeing, and elicit where contributions could be enhanced • Inform government (local, state) of the importance of fisheries and likely impacts of policy or management decisions on regional and metropolitan communities • Enhance community engagement and support for fisheries through demonstrating the benefits that flow from professional fishing and aquaculture sectors into communities Audience: 1) industry representative organizations; 2) government; 3) general public. Currently, very little data exists about the economic and/or social benefits of professional fisheries to communities in Victoria. Existing data only calculate total value of production (beach/farm gate price x volume), and the number of business owners or fisheries employees identified in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census. There is no reporting of the multiplier effects in communities of having businesses based there, through service industries or seafood product going into markets. The lack of sophisticated information about the contributions of professional fishing puts the industry as a group at a disadvantage compared to competing resource users which do have such reporting and have been persuasive in negotiations. Information on social contributions dovetails with economic contributions to build a picture of the overall contributions fisheries make. This can help address the lack of community support for fisheries and consumer influence on the regulatory environment, which has grown to constitute a threat to the continued viability of fisheries. While information generated via this project will not fix the problem – relationships between industry and community must be improved via sustained, strategic engagement – credible data on the social and economic contributions commercial fisheries make to Victoria is useful for boosting the industry’s ‘social license to operate’.

Objectives

1. Evaluate the economic contribution of commercial wild-catch fisheries and aquaculture to community wellbeing for seven regions of Victoria, including the regional economic impacts such as multiplier effects and employment and contributions to related sectors within regions, building on previous Australian studies.

2. Evaluate the social contributions of commercial wild-catch fisheries and aquaculture to community wellbeing for the same regions, including the social aspects of economic contributions, food provision, health and nutrition, services and infrastructure, interactions with tourism, consumers, and recreational fishers, contributions to community identity and heritage, and knowledge networks, building on previous Australian studies.

3. Build on and refine a methodology to be used for ongoing social and economic evaluations of industry as part of FRDC national framework.

4. Disseminate findings, identifying the social and economic contributions of seafood production to community wellbeing for each study region, highlighting threats to sustainability and viability, as well as opportunities, in a form suitable for engaging: 1) local and state government agencies; and 2) the general public, to raise awareness of the role of professional wild-catch fisheries and aquaculture in Victorian communities.

Victoria’s fisheries and aquaculture: economic and social contributions

Final Report
ISBN:978-0-9953662-5-1
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Author(s):Abernethy, K., Barclay, K., McIlgorm, A., Gilmour, P., McClean, N., Davey, J.
Date Published:June 2020
This project provides the first evaluation of the social and economic contributions of wildcatch professional fisheries and aquaculture of Victoria to the communities in which the industries are located and to the entire state. This project was developed in consultation with the Victorian seafood industry who identified the need to communicate the economic value of their industry, inclusive of the economic contribution of businesses supplying or being supplied by seafood producers. In addition, there was no evaluation of the social benefits of the industry to Victoria. The study to determine contributions made by the Victorian seafood industry was underpinned by the wellbeing approach, which was underpinned by economic analysis including input–output modelling and qualitative and semi-quantitative social analysis. The resultant findings provide the Victorian seafood industry comprehensive information regarding the social and economic contributions their sector makes to community wellbeing. These data can aid the seafood industry to show the public and policymakers why it is important to support the sustainable development of seafood production in Victoria.

Appendix 1: The Victorian professional fishery economic survey, aquaculture economic assessment, and regional economic results

Report
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Author(s):McIlgorm, A. and D.E. McIlgorm
Date Published:June 2020
Appended Report to the FRDC project 2017-092: Victoria’s fisheries and aquaculture: economic and social contributions, University of Technology Sydney The main findings of the economic analysis are reported in the FRDC final report  for project 2017-092. Some further details some readers may want to explore are contained in this Appendix.

Appendix 2: WRI regional input–output analysis

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Author(s):Western Research Institute
Date Published:June 2020
The WRI report Economic impact of Victorian commercial fisheries and aquaculture.

Valuing Victoria’s Wild-Catch Fishing and Aquaculture Industries: measuring the economic and social contributions

Fact Sheet
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Date Published:June 2020
This fact sheet provides an overview of the economic and social contributions of professional fisheries and aquaculture in Victoria.

Valuing Victoria’s professional fishing: measuring economic and social contributions in Far East Victoria

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Date Published:June 2020
This fact sheet provides an overview of the economic and social contributions of professional fisheries the far east region of Victoria, which includes East Gippsland.

Valuing Victoria’s professional fishing: measuring economic and social contributions in Far West Victoria

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Date Published:June 2020

This fact sheet provides an overview of the economic and social contributions of professional fisheries the far west region of Victoria, which includes Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland.

Valuing Victoria’s professional fishing: measuring economic and social contributions in Near East Victoria

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Date Published:June 2020

This fact sheet provides an overview of the economic and social contributions of professional fisheries the near east region of Victoria includes communities on the Mornington Peninsula and the Gippsland communities of San Remo and Corner Inlet.

Valuing Victoria’s professional fishing: measuring economic and social contributions in Near West Victoria

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Date Published:June 2020

This fact sheet provides an overview of the economic and social contributions of professional fisheries the near west region of Victoria includes communities along the Great Ocean Rd, the Surf Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula.

Valuing Victoria’s professional fishing and aquaculture industries

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Date Published:July 2020
This brochure summarises the economic and social contributions of professional fisheries and aquaculture in Victoria.

Valuing Victoria’s professional fishing and aquaculture industries: the near west region

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Date Published:July 2020

This brochure summarises the economic and social contributions of professional fisheries in the near west region of Victoria.

Valuing Victoria’s professional fishing and aquaculture industries: the near east region

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Date Published:July 2020

This brochure summarises the economic and social contributions of professional fisheries the near east region of Victoria.

Valuing Victoria’s professional fishing and aquaculture industries: the far west region

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Date Published:July 2020

This brochure summarises the economic and social contributions of professional fisheries the far west region of Victoria.

Valuing Victoria’s professional fishing and aquaculture industries: the far east region

Brochure
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Date Published:July 2020

This brochure summarises the economic and social contributions of professional fisheries the far east region of Victoria.