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Title:

National fisheries and aquaculture industry social and economic contributions study: Phase 1

Project Number:

2017-210

Organisation:

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Taroona

Principal Investigator:

Emily Ogier

Project Status:

Current

FRDC Expenditure:

$393,218.00

Program(s):

Industry

Need

Initial discussions between SIA and FRDC have established that the need that this project addresses is to gather the information required to support the Australian fisheries and aquaculture industry to "tell its story" of its contributions to the national, state and regional economies and communities. This story is part of the broader suite of initiates the FRDC is supporting to enable the commercial sector to demonstrate its contributions to the economic and social dimensions of sustainability. Furthermore, this information can be used by the Australian fisheries and aquaculture industry and government agencies for: improving current understanding of industry contributions and future analysis of impact; reporting and accountability of flow-on effects; engagement with surrounding regional communities; and advocacy activity. In order to generate the information that sits behind this story, the immediate technical need is for: - a review of existing studies and available data; - development of a national framework for measuring and evaluating economic and social contributions; and - estimates of economic contribution using the above framework (phase 1, and therefore undertaken as part of this project); and - design of studies to measure a wider array of social and non-traditional economic contributions, to be undertaken on a case study basis (phase 2, and therefore planned for but not undertaken as part of this phase 1 project) A future need to be addressed in Phase 2 (not in this project) is for a systematic approach to prioritising the measurement of contributions to fit within the available resources. Priorities include the need for a national story for fisheries and aquaculture industries as a whole, while at the same time, given the variation in fisheries and aquaculture industry activity across Australia, the need to highlight those significant contributions of various types to regional community well-being. A further priority includes the need to recognise the potential re-purposing of the data for a variety of purposes (including to support subsequent impact studies).

Objectives

1. Estimate the contribution to the Australian (i.e. national) economy of total commercial fisheries and aquaculture activity using standard measures of economic contribution

2. Estimate the contribution to each State/Territory's economy of commercial fisheries and aquaculture activity using standard measures of economic contribution

3. Develop a robust and nationally-consistent framework to support data collection and estimation of contributions (and, potentially, impact) in the future

Identification and critical assessment of recent contributions reports: Working Paper 1 - Literature Review

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Author(s):Anders Magnusson, Julian Morison, Meagan Magnusson, Lisa Carlin
Date Published:December 2018

Discussions between Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) and Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) have identified the need to gather the information required to support the Australian fisheries and aquaculture industry to “tell its story” of its contributions to the national, state and regional economies and communities. FRDC’s Human Dimensions Research (HDR) Subprogram will address this need by leading a National Contributions Project (NCP) which will:

  1. Provide an estimate of the economic contribution of wildcatch fisheries and aquaculture to the Australian (national) economy, and of the economic contribution of jurisdictionally-based (State, Territory and Commonwealth) fisheries and aquaculture make to their State/Territory economies;
  2. Provide measures of the range of social and economic contributions made by specific, selected fisheries/aquaculture sectors at the regional or product scale; and
  3. Develop a robust and nationally-consistent framework to support data collection and estimation of contributions in the future.

The design of the research program procured and/or coordinated by the NCP requires a comprehensive technical review of existing contribution studies and data to ensure that it avoids duplication by building on previous work and data collection/analysis. Such a review will also help ensure that best-practice methods are used to estimate contributions, given data requirements and budget.  

The review will comprise three parts.

Part 1 of the review is the subject of this Working Paper (WP1). The aim is to identify and critically assess all the recent contributions/impact reports with a focus on fishing and aquaculture in Australia as well as a selection of key overseas studies.

Part 2 of the review will be the subject of Working Paper 2 (WP2). This will identify and audit existing data sets that can be used to support NCP objective 1, and will identify data gaps. NCP data needs will be developed by the research provider in consultation with the HDR and the NCP Technical Advisory Group. The process of identifying available data will draw on the output of Part 1, but will also involve direct communication with key data managers/custodians in each of the jurisdictions.

Part 3 of the review will be the subject of Working Paper 3 (WP3). It will provide preliminary recommendations about the preferred research design for NCP objective 1, including scope, method, data requirements and data collection plan. These will be considered and refined by the Technical Advisory Group prior to being presented at a Stakeholder Workshop.

Data needs and data availability for a national contributions study: Working Paper 2

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Author(s):Nick Angelakis, Julian Morison, Anders Magnusson, Lisa Carlin
Date Published:December 2018

Discussions between Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) and Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) have identified the need to gather the information required to support the Australian fisheries and aquaculture industry to “tell its story” of its contributions to the national, state and regional economies and communities. FRDC’s Human Dimensions Research (HDR) Subprogram will address this need by leading a National Contributions Project (NCP) which will:

  • Provide an estimate of the economic contribution of wildcatch fisheries and aquaculture to the Australian (national) economy, and of the economic contribution of jurisdictionally-based (State, Territory and Commonwealth) fisheries and aquaculture sectors make to their State/Territory economies;
  • Provide measures of the range of social and economic contributions made by specific, selected fisheries/aquaculture sectors at the regional or product scale;
  • Develop a robust and nationally-consistent framework to support data collection and estimation of contributions in the future.

The process of identifying available data draws on the output of Part 1 and has involved direct communication with key data managers/custodians in each of the jurisdictions.

Section 2 of this report considers the data needs for an economic contributions analysis. The data required of a contributions analysis is often collected and used for other economic anlaysis purposes, particularly for the development and implementation of harvest strategies. Drawing on a report prepared for the Seafood CRC and FRDC, Section 2 details the range of relevant data sets that can be compiled for such purposes (financial data, economic efficiency data and economic contributions data).

In Section 3 the fisheries and aquaculture data currently available to help prepare a contributions assessment in Australia are detailed and gaps identified. This information is presented separately for fisheries in each of the states, the Northern Territory and those managed by the Commonwealth.