Project number: 2019-093
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $88,000.00
Principal Investigator: Robert Curtotti
Organisation: Department of Agriculture; Water and the Environment
Project start/end date: 22 Aug 2019 - 29 Jun 2020


Statistics on Australian fisheries production and trade seeks 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 trans-boundary 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

Author: R Curtotti
Final Report • 2020-08-01 • 878.07 KB


Since 1991 ABARES has published detailed production and trade data annually in Australian fisheries statistics, now renamed Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics. The publication is designed to meet the needs of the fishing and aquaculture industries, fisheries managers, policymakers and researchers. The research undertaken for this edition produced data on the volume and value of production from Commonwealth, state and NT fisheries, and the volume and value of Australian fisheries trade by destination, source and product from 1998–99 to 2017–18.
Final Report • 2020-08-01 • 3.90 MB


Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics 2018

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