Net gains: Despite pressure from aquaculture, export growth has boosted industry revenue

The Fishing market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2013 - 2018
Annual Growth
2018 - 2023

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The development of export markets, particularly in Asia, is supporting industry growth
  • Overseas demand for Australian fish and seafood has increased over the past five years
  • Fishers catering for premium export markets are forecast to boost profitability over the next five years.

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Operators in the Fishing industry have benefited from strong export demand over the five years through 2017-18. The development of export markets, particularly in Asia, has boosted industry revenue over the past five years. Domestically, rising fish and seafood prices, and growing demand from seafood processing, have supported industry operators over the period. However, government-imposed fishing quotas have constrained industry growth over the past five years by limiting the volume of seafood caught. Rising imports and competition from the more sustainable Aquaculture industry have also limited industry growth over the period. Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 3.5% over the five years through 2017-18, to total $1.7 billion. This includes a projected rise of 0.1%...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to entry in the Fishing industry are high and have risen over the past five years. To increase the sustainability of the industry, the government enforces strong regulations and has restricted the number of commercial fishing permits. This creates a substantial barrier for new entrants, as operators seeking to enter the industry are required to purchase a commercial fishing permit from an existing operator. Fishing permits can be extremely expensive. For example, abalone permits in Victoria can sell for as much as $8 million. The high cost of these permits can deter or prevent prospective operators from entering the industry.


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    Additional Insights for the Fishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Fishing Industry are

  • Must have licence
  • Establishment of export markets
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Trade-weighted index and Demand from seafood processing in the Fishing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Fishing Industry?

    Industry operators primarily catch ocean fish and seafood products, including finfish, molluscs, crustaceans, prawns, rock lobsters, oysters and pearls.

    Industry Products
    Rock lobsters
    Other crustaceans
    Industry Activities
    Rock lobster fishing
    Prawn fishing
    Finfish trawling
    Squid jigging
    Line fishing
    Marine fishing not elsewhere classified

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Demand from seafood processing
  • Domestic price of fish and other seafood
  • Seafood consumption
  • Domestic price of poultry

  • Current Performance
  • Strong export demand
  • Depleting fish stocks
  • Challenges
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competitive challenges
  • Demand for seafood
  • Free trade agreements
  • Table: Fishing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Fishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Seafood Processing
  • Fish and Seafood Wholesaling
  • Fresh Meat, Fish and Poultry Retailing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Shipbuilding and Repair Services
  • Telecommunications and Other Electrical Goods Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Rock lobsters
  • Fish
  • Prawns
  • Molluscs
  • Other crustaceans
  • Chart: Fishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Export markets
  • Seafood processors
  • Fish and seafood wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Fishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Fishing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Fishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Fishing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Fishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Australian Fishing Zone
  • Waters adjacent to Australia and its external territories (excluding Torres Strait and the Antarctic Territories) that extend from the shoreline to 200 nautical miles seawards.
  • Crustaceans
  • Aquatic arthropods, such as lobsters, prawns, barnacles, crabs and crayfish.
  • Molluscs
  • Invertebrate creatures of the seashore with one, two or three piece shells that cover its unsegmented body, such as abalone, octopuses, scallops and squid.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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