Beyond GVP: the value of inshore commercial fisheries to fishers and consumers in regional communities on Queensland’s east coast: Final Report

Pascoe, Sean, Innes, James, Tobin, Renae, Stoeckl, Natalie, Paredes, Samantha, and Dauth, Kieron (2016) Beyond GVP: the value of inshore commercial fisheries to fishers and consumers in regional communities on Queensland’s east coast: Final Report. Report. Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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Abstract

This report examines the potential economic benefits to regional communities from the Queensland inshore fisheries (pot, net and line fisheries). In doing so, the project has developed a series of questionnaires and analysis tools that could be potentially applied in other regions with fairly minimal modification. The report outlines the theory underpinning these methods, as well as their application. The results of the analysis indicate that the inshore fisheries produce substantial local benefits well in excess of their own gross value product (GVP). The study was undertaken by economists and social scientists from CSIRO and JCU, with significant input from research students from QUT also. Background Fisheries in Queensland, and elsewhere, are coming under increased pressure from other potential resource users for access to the resources. These include the fish resource itself (i.e. by recreational fishers), as well as encroachment on the area of the fishery through conservation based closures and onshore activities (e.g. port development) that impact where vessels may operate (and potentially the resource itself). Quantifying the potential impact on fisheries is necessary (but not sufficient) to ensure that resources are used most effectively, and that all costs of alternative resource uses are taken into consideration in decision making. The value of fisheries, and hence the potential impact of alternative uses, goes beyond the landed value of the catch. Fisheries play a key role in many coastal communities, directly generating income for local residents as well as stimulating other sectors through the demand for inputs into fishing as well as through expenditure from the income generated. The supply of fresh fish to the local community also provides other benefits.

Item ID: 45837
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-1-4863-0728-9
Keywords: Regional economic benefits, Consumer benefits, Queensland fisheries
Copyright Information: © 2016 Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. All material in this publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence, save for content supplied by third parties, logos and the Commonwealth Coat of Arms.
Funders: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
Projects and Grants: Project No 2013-301
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2021 01:51
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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