Joint media release: Australia’s first National Fisheries Plan is the catch of the day

5 April 2022

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, the Hon David Littleproud MP
Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator the Hon Jonno Duniam


Australia’s first ever National Fisheries Plan has been released to drive sustainable growth of Australia’s fishing, aquaculture and seafood community. 

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said it is exciting to have a clear plan in place for our fishing and seafood sectors.

“Australian governments recognise the social and economic benefits provided by the fishing and seafood sectors and are committed to helping them to grow and prosper,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The National Fisheries Plan sets out initiatives and targets to 2030 to support and empower the commercial fishing and seafood industry, Indigenous Australians and recreational fishers, and streamline governance to reduce red tape and boost innovation.

“We want Australia’s fishing, aquaculture and seafood community to be celebrated domestically and internationally for its high-quality and sustainable products.”

Assistant Minister Duniam said the plan would allow the fisheries sector to grow sustainably, while taking into account the diversity of its participants.

“The plan will support the sector with opportunities to grow, innovate and adapt to new challenges,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“It aims to align the strategic planning, prioritisation and investment of governments, with the Australian Fisheries Management Forum working with national industry representatives, to create an implementation framework to guide the plan through existing structures and resources. 

“It is great to have the support of all states and territories on this significant national plan, and I look forward to working closely with all states and territories to deliver the sustainable growth and development of fishing sectors.

“Thanks to everyone who contributed to the development of Australia’s first ever National Fisheries Plan, helping to build a bright future for Australia’s extensive fishing, aquaculture and seafood community.”

The National Fisheries Plan is available at https://www.awe.gov.au/agriculture-land/fisheries/domestic/national-fisheries-plan.