Project number: 2016-246
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $88,000.00
Principal Investigator: Robert Curtotti
Organisation: Department of Agriculture; Water and the Environment (ABARES)
Project start/end date: 25 Aug 2016 - 29 Jun 2017


Statistics on Australian fisheries production and trade provides a source of information for a range of purposes. The information can be used to meet the needs of the fishing and aquaculture industry, fisheries managers, policymakers and researchers. It can assist in policy decisions, industry marketing strategies and the allocation of research funding or priorities. The gross value of production for specific fisheries are used for determining the research and development levies collected by government. The neutrality and integrity of GVP estimates is therefore important due to their forming the basis for research levies for each fishery. At the international level, the Department of Agriculture through Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) contributes to a number of international databases. These include databases managed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Information at the international level can assist in international negotiations on issues such as transboundary fisheries and analysis of trade opportunities.


1. To maintain and improve the data base of production, gross value of production and trade statistics for the Australian fishing industry, including aquaculture
2. To provide these data in an accessible form

Final report

ISBN: 978-1-74323-354-2
Author: Robert Curtotti
Final Report • 2017-08-01 • 1.26 MB


Outcomes achieved to date:
  • A reliable time series of economic data about Australia’s fishing and aquaculture industries provided to ensure well informed investment, management and policy decisions by governments, the fishing industry and the public in general.
  • Accurate information provided to stakeholders on the value associated with the commercial fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
  • Baseline information provided that is fundamental to establishing the importance of individual fisheries and trends within fisheries.
  • Accurate information provided to stakeholders on exports and imports of fisheries products.
Since 1991 ABARES has annually published detailed production and trade data in Australian Fisheries Statistics (now Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics) to meet the needs of the fishing and aquaculture industries, fisheries managers, policy makers and researchers. The research undertaken in this project (2016/246) produced data on the volume and value of production from Commonwealth, state and Northern Territory fisheries, and the volume and value of Australian fisheries trade, by destination, source and product, covering the years 2004-05 to 2014-15. The report also contained industry structure profiles of Commonwealth, state and Northern Territory fisheries.
An important aspect of this project was the requirement to implement a process of continuous improvement over the life of the project. These improvements were aimed at enhancing the coverage of fisheries so that all commercial fishing activities were included, incorporating industry employment data where available, maintaining the relevance of the data presented in both the production and trade tables, and refining fishery divisions and important species categories. Processes were also implemented so that the valuation of commercial fishing was undertaken in a consistent framework.

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