Fisheries economic and social data

As part of the Queensland Sustainable Fisheries Strategy: 2017–2027, we are working to improve our monitoring and research.

Commercial fishers, recreational fishers and other stakeholders provided feedback that economic and social information should be used to manage Queensland’s fisheries, so we have developed a practical and cost-effective system to collect this information.

Economic and social indicators provide valuable information for fisheries managers, the fishing industry and other stakeholders.

Data collection and confidentiality

Fisheries Queensland engaged BDO EconSearch to collect economic data about Queensland’s fisheries and produce economic indicators for the different fisheries and sectors.

BDO EconSearch has undertaken this type of work for the South Australian fisheries sector and are involved in Fisheries Research and Development Corporation projects related to fisheries economics and human dimensions.

The data BDO EconSearch collects from fishers is confidential – Fisheries Queensland only receives aggregated data and reports that cannot be linked to individual businesses.

Fisheries Queensland provided BDO EconSearch with necessary information about the costs of managing the individual fisheries and fishing activity, confidentially and solely for the purposes of this project, which helps to manage Queensland’s fisheries.

Interactive dashboard

A time series of economic indicators for the commercial, charter, recreational and aquaculture sectors   are available in an interactive dashboard. You can access statewide or regional information by fishery or sector.





Next steps

This fishery monitoring program aims to provide regular sets of economic performance indicators for each of Queensland’s fisheries sectors to better understand the business of fishing, which will improve the sustainable economic management and individual performance of Queensland’s fisheries.

More information

Call 13 25 23 or email