Seafood Industry

The Seafood Industry covers all commercial activities of wild-caught, aquaculture marine and freshwater animals from Australian waters and aquaculture farms. This includes the harvesting, farming, culturing, processing, storing, transporting, marketing or selling of fish and seafood and/or fish and seafood products.

What does this industry cover?

Aquaculture: commercial growing of marine or freshwater animals and aquatic plants.

Fishing: This can include trap fishing which is often designed to catch a particular species, trawl fishing with a large, bag like net drawn along behind a vessel and trolling in which lines with baits or lures are dragged by a vessel at 2-10 knots.

Seafood processing: This is where companies process and manufacture fish or other seafood.

Seafood sales and distribution: This includes wholesale and retail. Industry operators purchase fish and seafood from aquaculture, wild fishing and seafood processing industries.  

Job hunting information

Working in the Seafood industry in the future will evolve as advances in underwater technology with remotely operated vehicles, underwater drones and biosensors being utilised in larger enterprises. These remote technologies monitor fish health, environmental conditions and inspect and repair nets.

Climate change has had an impact on the Seafood Industry with a large proportion of fish species being sensitive to warmer oceans and waterways.

Priority skills needed to address technology and climate change are: digital literacy, data, automation and environmental sustainability.

Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2019, commencements were: 155

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2019 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a medium to large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has remained stable.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is low to medium.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

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