Commercial Fish Production
Information Bulletin - October 2012
This annual Fisheries Victoria Commercial Fish Production Information Bulletin is produced by Fisheries Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources (DEDJTR).
This issue is compiled from catch and effort data supplied by Victorian commercial fishery access licence holders on mandatory monthly fishing returns and from aquaculture production data supplied by Victorian aquaculture licence holders on mandatory 6-monthly aquaculture returns. In previous years, production value was estimated from price-at-first-sale data supplied by the Melbourne Fish Market, selected fish processors and selected fish aquaculture farms. Price data for 2011/12 is unavailable for the majority of species. The provision of accurate and timely data from licence holders and processors is acknowledged.
All data in this bulletin have been computer validated and do not include data received or processed after 26 October 2012. Fishery production compliance rates for submission of return forms by that date were 100% for the fiscal years 2007/08 to 2009/10, 98% for 2010/11 and 97% for 2011/12. Aquaculture production compliance rates for submission of return forms by 26 October 2012 were 98%for the fiscal year 2007/08, 95% for 2008/09, 99% for 2009/10, 91% for 2010/11 and 93% for 2011/12.
Data presented in this publication have been provided in an aggregated form to protect commercial confidentiality of individual licence holders; summary data are not provided where less than five licence holders have supplied the data unless prior permission was obtained.
The State of Victoria and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular purposes and therefore disclaim all liability for any error, loss, or other consequence, which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication. Data can change from one issue of the bulletin to the next issue as a result of improved compliance, correction of data errors, or use of more representative price data.
To maintain consistency with other States and the Commonwealth, the names for fish used in this Bulletin are those in the List of Standardised Australian Fish Names developed as a National Standard based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (http://www.marine.csiro.au/caab/namelist.htm). Therefore, some fish names are different from those used in previous Bulletins, and may be different from the names used on the catch and effort returns completed by fishers. Readers should refer to the list of names on pages 22 and 23 of the Bulletin to find any previously used species names.
Victorian fisheries production summary
For the period July 2008 to June 2012. In order of weight for fiscal year 2011/12.
|Molluscs and Echinoderms|
|Rock Lobster, southern||276||14,409||274||14,454||300||15,393||301||17,873|
|Teleosts and Chondrichthyans|
|Sardine, Australian (Pilchard)||1,552||1,288||1,512||847||2,628||1,550||1,923||1,096|
|Whiting, King George||141||2,579||131||2,138||173||nd||183||nd|
|Warmwater Finfish (Inland)||144||nd||227||nd||195||nd||127||nd|
|1Weight (live, tonnes); 2Value ($'000) to Dec 2010 was estimated from Melbourne Fish Market auction prices except for abalone, scallop, southern rock lobster, giant crabs and pilchard which were estimated from prices reported by selected processors. Selected processors are currently providing price data for some species including abalone, rock lobster, Australian salmon, pilchards and eels; 3nd, no data obtained; 4id, insufficient data to report because there are less than five licence holders (policy requirement to protect commercial confidentiality of data);5shark carcass weight (beheaded and eviscerated with fins attached) for Victorian Proclaimed waters only6Aquaculture weight and value does not include hatchery production;7no, number only of ornamental fish available (3,914,000 fish for 2008/09; 3,135,000 fish for 2009/10; 3,161,000 fish for 2010/11 and 2,832,000 fish for 2011/12).|
Victoria's commercial fisheries began at the time of European settlement during the 1840s. These fisheries have been managed under various Fisheries Acts since 1859 and fishery catch data have been collected continuously since 1911. Catch and effort data for the period since June 1978 have been stored in an electronic database where the data are secure and readily accessible for various uses.
This information bulletin is designed to meet the data needs of the fishing industry, fishery researchers, Fisheries Victoria, the Victorian Government, the Commonwealth Government, and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation.
Under the Fisheries Act 1995, lodgement of catch and effort return forms is a condition of a fishery access licence. Individual returns are collected under Section 146 of the Act and are treated confidentially according to theFisheries Act 1995 and the Information Privacy Act 2003.The data are released in aggregated form only. To preserve confidentiality, data are not reported if less than five licence holders have contributed to it.
Fishery production data
Fishery production data is broken down into the categories.
- Number of Fishery Access Licences (March 2012)
- Victoria Statewide (Teleosts) catch and value, 2007/08-2011/12
- Victoria Statewide (Molluscs, Echinoderms, Crustaceans and Chondrichthyans) catch and value, 2007/08-2011/12
- Port Phillip Bay catch, 1978/79-2011/12
- Port Phillip Bay value, 1978/79-2011/12
- Western Port catch, 1978/79-2011/12
- Western Port value, 1978/79-2011/12
- Corner Inlet catch, 1978/79-2011/12
- Corner Inlet value, 1978/79-2011/12
- Gippsland Lakes and Lake Tyers catch, 1978/79-2011/12
- Gippsland Lakes and Lake Tyers value, 1978/79-2011/12
- Offshore catch, 1978/79-2011/12
- Offshore value, 1978/79-2011/12
- Southern Rock Lobster (Western Zone) catch, effort and value by quota year, 1981/82-2011/12
- Southern Rock Lobster (Western Zone) catch, effort and value by month during quota year 2011/12
- Giant Crab (Western Zone) catch, effort and value by quota year, 1981/82-2011/12
- Giant Crab (Western Zone) catch, effort and value by month during quota year 2011/12
- Southern Rock Lobster (Eastern Zone) catch, effort and value by quota year, 1981/82-2011/12
- Southern Rock Lobster (Eastern Zone) catch, effort and value by month during quota year 2011/12
- Abalone catch and effort by quota year and zone, 1980/81–2011/12
- Catch and value by port of landing for selected species groups, 2008/09-2011/12
- Marketing, Scientific and Previously Used Names for Fishery Production
This information is available in the Fisheries Victoria Commercial Fish Production Information Bulletin 2012
This information bulletin is designed to meet the needs of the aquaculture industry, researchers, Fisheries Victoria, the Victorian Government, the Commonwealth Government, and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation. This publication provides data on the quantity; weight of growout production; and area of water licensed for cultivation within the Victorian aquaculture industry.
Under the Fisheries Act 1995, lodgement of aquaculture production return forms is a condition of the aquaculture licence. Individual returns are collected under Section 146 of the Act and are treated as strictly confidential. The data are released in aggregated form only.
Number of Aquaculture Licences
The Victorian aquaculture industry consists of eight industry sectors with 107 licence holders.
|Industry sector||Number of licences1|
|Warmwater Finfish (Inland)||37||29||25||23||21|
|Blue Mussel and Other Molluscs (Bivalves)||48||44||35||24||22|
|1Includes hatchery production and growout production; 2multiple licences are held by some licence holders.|
Ongrowing and Growout Production (excluding Molluscs)
|Industry sector||Fiscal year||Growout|
|Number ('000)||Weight (tonnes)|
|Warmwater finfish (inland)||2007/08||na||119|
|1na, not applicable; 2id, insufficient data to report because there are less than five licence holders (policy requirement to protect commercial confidentiality of data); 3mussels and crustaceans|
Ongrowing and Growout Production (Molluscs)
|Fiscal year||Sold for ongrowing||Growout|
|Weight (tonnes)||Weight (tonnes)|
|Hatchery-produced spat (metre of rope)||Weight (tonnes)|
Statewide Aquaculture Total
1na, not applicable; 2id, insufficient data to report because there are less than five licence holders (policy requirement to protect commercial confidentiality of data
Area of Water Licensed for Cultivation - Blue Mussel and Other Molluscs (Bivalves)
From 2008/09, a new production return form for shellfish was introduced.
|Aquaculture Fisheries Reserve|
|Industry sector||Fiscal year||Flinders||Grassy Point||Clifton Springs||Other1||Total|
|Total area (ha)||Total area (ha)||Total area (ha)||Total area (ha)||Total area (ha)|
|Blue Mussel and Other Molluscs (Bivalves)||2009/10||169.49||42||81||197.93||490.42|
|1Includes production from the Pinnace Channel, Beaumaris, Dromana, Bates Point and Mount Martha aquaculture fisheries reserves.|
Copies of this Bulletin and further information available from:
Catch and Effort Unit
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources
Queenscliff VIC 3225
Freecall: 1800 620 896
Fax: (03) 5258 4553