Fish out of water: Falling wild fish stocks have driven up seafood prices, benefiting revenue

IBISWorld’s Fish and Seafood Wholesaling market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Fish and Seafood Wholesaling industry has performed modestly over the past five years. Increased disposable incomes and rising health consciousness have boosted seafood consumption over the past five years. Growing seafood consumption, coupled with the rise of domestic fish and seafood prices, has supported industry growth over this period. However, demand for wholesale services from supermarkets, which are key downstream customers, has declined over the past five years due to wholesale bypass. The major supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths, are increasingly purchasing directly from vertically-integrated fish and seafood operators to gain greater control over their supply chains and reduce costs. Weakened demand from supermarkets has limited revenue growth over the past five years...

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Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

The geographic distribution of industry operators largely correlates with the population, as produce needs to be close to consumers to minimise transport times and prolong the shelf life of produce. Proximity to fish and seafood sources, both processed and unprocessed, also influences business distribution. Consequently, industry players are largely concentrated in the highly populated eastern seaboard states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. These three states account for over 75% of establishments and population. However, industry participation has fallen in Queensland over the past five years, due to the increasing volume of imported seafood which can be produced in Queensland, particularly prawns, into Australia.


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Industry Products

What is the Fish and Seafood Wholesaling Industry?

Industry operators primarily purchase fish and seafood from the aquaculture, wild fishing and seafood processing industries. These products may be repackaged or sold straight to specialist fish and seafood retailers, supermarkets, food catering companies, cafes, hotels and restaurants. The industry excludes freezing whole finfish and shelling, freezing or bottling oysters in brine. These are included in the Seafood Processing industry.

Industry Products
Tuna and barramundi
Other finfish
Other seafood
Industry Activities
Crustaceans wholesaling
Fish wholesaling
Molluscs wholesaling
Other fresh or frozen seafood wholesaling

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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