South Australia’s seafood season has kicked off this week.
Our fishing and aquaculture sectors together produce about 60,000 tonnes of seafood every year and support more than 3,000 full time jobs, mainly in regional areas such as Kangaroo Island.
2016–17 data has revealed a record-breaking gross food and wine revenue of $19.97 billion.
This is an increase of more than $1 billion (or 7 per cent) on the previous year’s record results.
South Australia has three fishing sectors - commercial, recreational and Aboriginal traditional.
Aquaculture plays an important role in supporting seafood production and meeting the growing national and global demand.
The seafood sector makes a significant contribution to the state’s economy and the broader community.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said, “Fishing and aquaculture have always been an important part of South Australian life, and have played a huge role in the development and prosperity of so many coastal towns and regions.
“Whether it’s Rock Lobster from the Limestone Coast, Pipi from Goolwa Beach, King Prawns from the Spencer Gulf, or King George Whiting from Kangaroo Island - there is no denying our state is home to some of the world’s best seafood.
“Our premium wild harvest fisheries and aquaculture production thrives in the pristine Southern Ocean and gulf waters.
“These are regulated by our world-class sustainable management systems and informed by the best available science.
“The launch of South Australia’s seafood season shines a light on our seafood industry, a valuable part of our $19.97 billion food and wine industry, and highlights why it is important for our economic future.
“I encourage all South Australians and Kangaroo Islanders to continue to support our fishing and aquaculture sectors and buy local seafood as we head into this year’s Christmas period.”
Harry Petropoulos, Independent Chair, Wildcatch Fisheries SA said, “SA has distinguished itself on the world seafood stage as a producer of high-quality, sustainable seafood.
“We wish our professional fishers a safe and bountiful season.”