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.

Species 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12

Weight1 Value2 Weight1 Value2 Weight1 Value3 Weight1 Value3
Molluscs and Echinoderms







Abalone 910 26,556 882 21,919 827 23,887 758 23,606
Squids 56 715 67 850 75 nd3 47 nd
Octopus 24 161 21 131 28 nd 26 nd
Scallop 403 1,026 id4 id 0 nd 0 nd
Other 33 97 30 96 40 nd 85 nd









Sub-total 1,426 28,556 1,004 23,005 970 nd 916 nd









Crustaceans







Rock Lobster, southern 276 14,409 274 14,454 300 15,393 301 17,873
Prawns 28 199 107 743 92 nd 64 nd
Crab, giant 26 859 18 719 12 nd 13 nd
Other 29 256 77 386 42 nd 30 2









Sub-total 359 15,702 475 16,302 446 nd 408 nd









Teleosts and Chondrichthyans







Sardine, Australian (Pilchard) 1,552 1,288 1,512 847 2,628 1,550 1,923 1,096
Australian salmon 404 368 641 436 415 nd 772 448
Snapper 101 816 90 697 120 nd 198 nd
Whiting, King George 141 2,579 131 2,138 173 nd 183 nd
Breams 45 496 43 499 75 nd 111 nd
Eels, Freshwater 57 774 44 471 42 nd 111 1,369
Garfish, southern 64 465 60 445 70 nd 63 nd
Chondrichthyans5 43 285 38 243 49 nd 44 nd
Other 691 2,931 576 2,579 599 nd 647 nd









Sub-total 3,098 10,002 3,135 8,355 4,171 nd 4,052 nd









Total 4,883 54,281 4,615 47,662 5,587
5,376









Aquaculture6







Mussel, Blue 446 nd 567 nd 982 nd 809 nd
Salmonids 877 nd 857 nd 985 nd 580 nd
Abalone 209 nd id nd id nd 330 nd
Warmwater Finfish (Inland) 144 nd 227 nd 195 nd 127 nd
Yabby 2 nd 2 nd 3 nd 5 nd
Eels, Freshwater id nd id nd id nd id nd
Ornamental Fish no7 nd no nd no nd no nd









Total 1,711
1,690
2,552
1,850
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).

Fishery Production

Introduction

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

Aquaculture Production

Introduction

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

2007/08
2008/09
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
Freshwater Eels 17
17
16
12
12
Salmonids 26
25
22
21
21
Warmwater Finfish (Inland) 37
29
25
23
21
Yabby 23
19
16
15
16
Abalone 18
16
15
15
15
Blue Mussel and Other    Molluscs (Bivalves) 48
44
35
24
22
Ornamental Fish 9
8
8
7
10
Other 14
12
16
19
18










Total 192
170
153
136
1352
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)
Freshwater eels 2007/08
na1
id2

2008/09
na
id

2009/10
na
id

2010/11
na
id

2011/12
na
id
Salmonids 2007/08
na
1,309

2008/09
na
877

2009/10
na
857

2010/11
na
985

2011/12
na
580
Warmwater finfish (inland) 2007/08
na
119

2008/09
na
144

2009/10
na
227

2010/11
na
195

2011/12
na
127
Yabby 2007/08
na
1

2008/09
na
2

2009/10
na
2

2010/11
na
3

2011/12
na
5
Ornamental fish 2007/08
4,236
na

2008/09
3,914
na

2009/10
3,135
na

2010/11
3,161
na

2011/12
2,832
na
Other3 2007/08
na
id

2008/09
na
id

2009/10
na
id

2010/11
na
id

2011/12
na
id
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)

Abalone

Fiscal year Sold for ongrowing Growout

Weight (tonnes) Weight (tonnes)
2007/08 na1 166
2008/09 id2 209
2009/10 id id
2010/11 nd3 id
2011/12 nd 330

Blue Mussel

Fiscal Spat Growout

Hatchery-produced spat (metre of rope) Weight (tonnes)
2007/08 na 642
2008/09 id 446
2009/10 id 567
2010/11 id 982
2011/12 id 809

Statewide Aquaculture Total

Fiscal year Growout

Weight (tonnes)
2007/08 2,328
2008/09 1,711
2009/10 1,969
2010/11 2,553
2011/12 1,855

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

2010/11
172.49

42

81

196.64

492.13

2011/12
166.49

42

81

196.64

486.13
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
Fisheries Victoria
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources
Queenscliff VIC 3225

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