GASCOYNE SEAFOOD INDUSTRY
The Gascoyne region has a thriving seafood industry with many well recognised, independent brands that champion quality and sustainability. The high quality of the region’s seafood products is largely due to the pristine conditions of the Gascoyne Coast Bioregion, such as Shark Bay and the Exmouth Gulf. In 2015, the annual production from commercial fishing in the Gascoyne region was valued at $40-$55 million, while the value of aquaculture was $10 million.
Several seafood producers operating in the Gascoyne supply export as well as domestic markets, including trading into high value markets such as Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, where the premium quality of Gascoyne produce is well recognised.
Aquaculture continues to develop in the Gascoyne region, with finfish and pearling operations based in the Shires of Exmouth, Carnarvon and Shark Bay and many new prospects for aquaculture on the horizon.
Wild-catch fisheries operate within catch limits determined by fisheries managers to maintain long term sustainability. With defined production limits from year to year, growth in the industry value will involve leveraging product/regional attributes and targeting specific markets willing and able to pay premium prices.
In joining the Gascoyne Primary Producers seafood businesses saw the value in having a united, authoritative voice to speak on their behalf and champion the maintenance of access to Gascoyne fisheries.
Through GPP, seafood primary producers will look to set strategic priorities and establish productive relationships for their industry and businesses.
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