Fisheries in Victoria
Fishing is an important cultural, recreational and commercial pursuit in Victoria that contributes significantly to the Victorian economy and jobs. The Government's Target One Million plan recognised that contribution through the creation of a dedicated Authority to sustainably manage and support the development of fisheries sectors in Victoria.
The recreational fishing sector is estimated to contribute around $2.3 billion per year to Victoria's economy. On the commercial side, there are more than 600 commercial and 106 aquaculture licences currently active. The estimated total value of production for wild catch fisheries in Victoria in 2013-14 was $54.6 million, with aquaculture contributing a further $25.4 million.
To support the Minister for Agriculture as the responsible Minister for fisheries in Victoria, the department retains a role in coordination and strategic policy, working closely with the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA), the Commonwealth and other key stakeholders.
The VFA is responsible for the management and regulation of fisheries including licensing, development of management plans and compliance and enforcement functions. The VFA also supports the development of recreational and commercial fishing and aquaculture in Victoria and provides advice to government on a range of fisheries management opportunities.
Visit the Victorian Fisheries Authority website for all information about fisheries management in Victoria.