Project number: 2018-134
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $87,959.00
Principal Investigator: Robert Curtotti
Organisation: Department of Agriculture; Water and the Environment
Project start/end date: 4 Oct 2018 - 22 Jun 2019


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 the 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: 978-1-74323-440-2
Authors: Curtotti R
Final Report • 2019-10-01 • 812.26 KB


The research undertaken in this project (2018/134) 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 2006-07 to 2016-17. The report also contained industry structure profiles of Commonwealth, state and Northern Territory fisheries.

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