Project number: 2022-016
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $60,000.00
Principal Investigator: Robert Curtotti
Organisation: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) ABARES
Project start/end date: 8 Nov 2022 - 14 Mar 2023


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.


Author: Robert Curtotti
Data • 2022-12-09


The Australian Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics report contains comprehensive information on commercial fishing and aquaculture in Australia covering fisheries production, trade data and consumption and employment statistics, with data up to and including 2020−21. The report is aimed at providing statistical information for the fishing and aquaculture industry, fisheries managers, policy makers and researchers. This report also discusses factors affecting the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, including COVID-19, and broader trends.

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