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Western rock lobsters generated three-quarters of WA’s total fisheries exports during 2015/16.
Wednesday 24 January 2018

WA's fisheries a boon for Australia

​Western Australia’s fisheries exports reached more than $597 million in 2015/16, up from $570 million in 2014/15, according to the latest report on the State’s agrifood, fibre, fisheries and forestry industries.

Most of the State’s seafood in 2015/16 went to fisheries markets in Vietnam, Hong Kong/China, Japan and the USA. Vietnam bought $400 million of WA’s fisheries products − by far the largest purchaser during this period.

Exports of western rock lobster − one of the most valuable fish species in Australia – reached $453 million in 2015/16. The fishery was the first in the world to be certified by the internationally-recognised Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) – and has been re-certified three further times.

The seven fisheries certified by the MSC form the majority of the value of WA’s fisheries production. Other fisheries which have received the MSC sustainability ‘tick’ include Shark Bay and Exmouth Gulf prawns, Peel-Harvey blue swimmer crabs and the abalone and deep sea crustacean fisheries.

Our commercial and recreational fisheries continue to provide valuable support to the WA economy, contributing $1.2 billion in the 2015/16 financial year.

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