AUSTRALIA’s total fisheries & aquaculture gross value of production of $3.1 bn; 22nd edition of the Fishery status published

 Fishery status reports 2017 provides an independent evaluation of the biological and economic status of fish stocks managed solely or jointly by the Australian Government.

This 22nd edition of the Fishery status reports covers the biological status of 94 fish stocks across 22 fisheries, including those managed both solely and jointly by the by the Australian Government. The reports summarise the performance of these fisheries against the requirements of fisheries legislation and policy.

The fisheries assessed in the Fishery status reports 2017 generated an estimated gross value of production of $439 million in 2015-16, which is about 14.5 per cent of Australia’s total fisheries and aquaculture gross value of production of $3.1 billion.

The Fishery status reports form part of a suite of ABARES publications that aim to provide a comprehensive and multidimensional account of the trends and outlook for Australian fisheries. The Australian fisheries statistics reports provide annual updates of fisheries production and trade data. Detailed analysis of the net economic returns of selected Commonwealth fisheries is provided in the annual Australian fisheries economic indicators report.

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The Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) press release (September 29, 2017):

It’s of-fish-al – our fisheries are in great shape!

Fans of Australian seafood can ‘shellebrate’ confident in the knowledge that Commonwealth fisheries are in great shape with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Fishery status reports 2017 showing that for the fourth consecutive year, no fishery solely managed by the Commonwealth is subject to overfishing.

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) CEO, Dr James Findlay said that this was great news for Australian seafood lovers.

“We should be proud of our commercial fishing industry,” Dr Findlay said.

“As shown by these results, the benefits of strict management and decisions based on science, has again been proven.

“AFMA together with industry, scientists and environmental stakeholders have worked hard and collaboratively to achieve these results.

“It was also pleasing to see that there were no concerning issues or trends against environmental indicators including under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Australia’s efforts to minimise fisheries interactions with threatened, endangered and protected species are recognised as world leading.

“Again this is a sign of good fishery monitoring, management and a commitment by industry to make operations sustainable.

“So whether it is succulent scallops, appetising prawns, or mouth-watering mackerel, if you are eating a species from a Commonwealth managed fishery you can be assured of its sustainability.”

The ABARES Fishery status reports 2017 can be found at agriculture.gov.au/abares.