Department Of Agriculture Fisheries And Forestry Vic

Department Of Agriculture Fisheries And Forestry Vic

Department Of Agriculture Fisheries And Forestry Vic

Fisheries in Victoria

picture of rock lobster fishing boatFishing 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.


Agriculture in Victoria

Victoria has 29,661 agricultural businesses employing 91,000 people.
The state’s temperate climate, high quality soils and clean water help the industry produce $13.16 billion of agricultural product from 12 million hectares. This makes Victoria Australia’s largest agriculture producer.

Victoria’s agricultural products are processed, packaged and exported to most parts of the world. In 2015-16 Victoria exported $11.9 billion of food and fibre. This also makes Victoria Australia’s largest food and fibre exporter.
To grow and maintain Victoria’s strong agriculture sector, the department works with industry and on research, development and extension to improve production; connects the sector with international markets; supports industry development; and maintains effective biosecurity controls.
The new Agriculture Victoria Strategy recognises the sector’s vital contribution to economic growth and its potential for enhancing social and economic wellbeing across Victoria. The plan provides direction and guidance for Agriculture Victoria’s activities, aligned with the Victorian Government’s aspirations for the agriculture sector and regional communities.