Fisheries and Aquaculture

Australia's finfish resources are shared between many diverse user groups, including commercial and recreational fishers, tour operators and the wider community. The industry is important to the national economy both directly and via support industries such as seafood supply and tourism, and in valuable export dollars.

The health of both Australia’s commercial and recreational fishing industries relies entirely on healthy, well-managed fisheries resources. This not only means the health of the fish species upon which the industries depend, but also on the health of fish habitat and of Australia's freshwater and marine environments in general.

Recreational angling is one of Australia's largest outdoor activities. Each year, more than 3.5 million keen anglers enjoy fishing for sport and recreation.

Australia's commercial fisheries are managed in Commonwealth waters by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). Within State waters, both commercial and recreational fishing is managed by the various State Fisheries agencies.

The sustainable seafood movement is growing as more consumers become interested in choosing seafood from fisheries that are managed sustainably and don’t harm the environment.

Cite this page as:

Bray, D.J. 2015. Fisheries and Aquaculture, in Bray, D.J. & Gomon, M.F. (eds) Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria and OzFishNet, accessed [date viewed],