Australian Fisheries Statistics And FAQs

With a landlocked country such as Australia, many believe that its fishery industry isn’t as good as farming, or even its livestock industries. However, contrary to this belief, Australia is celebrated for being able to produce quality products of seafood. 

In fact, there are more than 40 varied species that are produced for commercial purposes. And a large portion of it is exported abroad. 

This is largely due to the fact that contrast to the nation being landlocked from the centre-out, the entire continent sits in between oceans. Both the South Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean surround the country, aside from the gulfs and seas in the same areas. 

Its Exclusive Economic Zone, abbreviated EEZ, spans almost 11 million km2 around the mainland itself. Even better, The Australian Fishing Zone is well within this designated area. By the way, with regards to the EEZ’s scope, it ranks 3rd worldwide.

FAQs About Australia’s Fisheries 

Let’s have your attention focus on Australia’s coastline— somewhere in the 34,000s. And that number is in kilometres. Among industries that are food-based, fisheries land on the 6th spot. It contributes at least 2.5 billion towards the Australian economy. 

All of the waters that it covers for fishing are under Commonwealth regulations. Hence, Australia is also one of the places that practice fishing methods that are regarded as safe for the environment. 

Additionally, this is a feature that the government is currently looking to continually develop. Commercial fishing practices that are eco-friendly and eco-system based. Instead of focusing on certain species, it incorporates a more diverse plan so that species aren’t isolated and will not be led to a sudden and dangerously low decline. 

In the confines of seafood products, Aquaculture makes up for 40% of the whole. Exports contribute over 1 billion in dollars, and imports, over 1.7 billion. 


Though many strategies that disallow overfishing, it continues to be a problem to this day. There’s a constant rise in seafood demand within the nation alone, yet in comparison to the growth of the fishing industry itself, it dwindles at 2.7%. 

What does this imply? Australia’s fish stocks are facing depletion. The practice of strict aqua-farming, overly competitive fishing industries across the planet, and costs of production that increase per year have hurt the industry in general. 

The rise of Aquaculture has posed a bit of a threat to the industry. And this is where the dilemma resides. Also called aquafarming, aquaculture is regarded as Earth-friendly management of farming fish. 

It lessens the risk of putting species of fish on the brink of extinction, alongside their marine habitats. On the other hand, it’s greatly affecting the fishing industry as well. 

But it seems that this is the more sustainable type of fish-farming that will stop the dipping of the number of species caught in the wild. 

On the other side of things, Australia’s traditional fishing management may be improved on so that it adapts eco-friendly systems, in tandem with aquafarming.