Labor’s Positive Strategic Plan For Sustainable Fisheries And Aquaculture Sectors


A Shorten Labor Government will deliver a positive strategic plan for the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of our fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver a positive strategic plan for the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of our fisheries and aquaculture sectors. 

This plan sits alongside Labor’s Supporting Recreational Fishing policy, available here.

This election will be a choice between a united Shorten Labor Government which will manage our seas and waterways for the benefit of the environment and the economy, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos. 

Our oceans support commercial fisheries and aquaculture generating over $3 billion in net value every year, including exports of high-value products like lobster, abalone and whole tuna. 

Labor will convene a national fisheries summit to bring together key stakeholders from our commercial fisheries and aquaculture sector, state and federal regulators and other interested parties, including recreational fishing representatives, to address common challenges together. 

Labor’s plan for commercial fishers and the aquaculture industry will:  

  • Improve Australia’s biosecurity system and resource it adequately.
  • Ensure fisheries are managed sustainably; and apply the best available science and leading-edge technologies. 
  • Improve transparency and accountability in Commonwealth managed fisheries.
  • Improve engagement in regional fisheries management forums in the Pacific and Indian oceans.
  • Resolve resource sharing issues to provide assured and fair access to Commonwealth fish resources for recreational and commercial fishers. 

Fisheries and aquaculture will also benefit from Labor’s policies for: 

  • Promoting industry growth and boosting productivity by:
    • Focusing on moving up the value chain.
    • Reducing unnecessary regulation.
    • Applying evidence-based policies. 
  • Boosting trade by: 
    • Reducing international trade barriers.
    • Improving existing trade agreements. 
    • Promoting Australia’s clean, green and ethically produced food production image. 
    • Addressing information deficiencies, market failures in access to finance, and skill shortages.

Climate change will have a substantial impact on the marine environments around Australia and only Labor has a comprehensive climate action policy to address future challenges. 

A Shorten Labor Government will commit $10 million to boost the capabilities of the CSIRO Climate Science Centre, better coordinate Australian climate science and develop an Australian climate science capability plan. 

A Shorten Labor Government will restore proper Commonwealth and state and territory relationships by re-establishing the COAG process for the Standing Council on Primary Industries.  Labor will continue to support the side meetings of the Fisheries Ministers at the federal and state levels. 

These policy initiatives will be supported by Labor’s announced policies to:  

  • Lift research and development investment to 3 per cent of GDP per year by 2030,giving manufacturing the best scientific and research expertise available. 
  • Support firms to innovate and grow through our $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Future Fund. 
  • Encourage business to invest through the Australian Investment Guarantee,with local businesses benefiting from a new accelerated depreciation scheme for new capital assets. 
  • Ending the Liberals and Nationals’ war on science and returning science to the centre of governmentby resetting the relationship between government and Australia’s scientists and researchers.  
  • Investing $1 billion to boost TAFE, apprenticeships and skills,including scrapping upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students who choose to learn the skills that Australia needs to become a modern advanced manufacturing economy.  
  • Providing a $25 million food and fibre industry strategy to drive local jobs and innovation, as well as attract investment in manufacturing, particularly in rural and regional areas. 

The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government have provided nothing but dysfunction and chaos for the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

Only Labor understands that the fisheries and aquaculture sectors need a strategic plan to secure their future sustainability profitability.  

End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote for Labor.