Seafood Industry

About the Industry
The seafood industry comprises businesses engaged in aquaculture, fisheries compliance, fishing charters and operations, seafood processing, sales and distribution. Estimates of recent growth suggest that the value of the manufactured seafood sector has risen by 11.6 per cent per year between 2001/02 and 2006/07.
Student Information


The Seafood industry offers a diverse and interesting range of rewarding career opportunities. People wishing to pursue a career in the industry can choose to work in any of the following key industry sectors:


  • Aquaculture

  • Fisheries compliance

  • Fishing operations

  • Seafood processing



This sector covers temperate and tropical operations and includes pearling and crocodile farms, along with land-based, water-based and hatchery operations. Opportunities exist for boat and machinery operators and maintainers, aquaculture farm hands, specialists and managers. A worker in this sector could expect to keep records of breeding and treatment programs, develop and implement systems of profitable farm management, maintain live feed and algae cultures, identify common diseases in fish and shellfish, and take the necessary steps to prevent problems which may occur in intensive farming, identify common diseases in fish and shellfish, and take the necessary steps to prevent problems which may occur in intensive farming, and breed and raise marine organisms such as fish, eels, crustaceans, shellfish, pearl-producing shellfish, algae, crocodiles and turtles in artificial conditions.


Fisheries Compliance

Fisheries compliance includes work undertaken by officers, supervisors, managers and compliance support officers in indigenous Australian communities. A worker in this sector could expect to perform administrative duties, undertake patrol operations, monitor fish catches for legal compliance, give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting, gather, collate and record information, operate marine communications equipment, operate a small vessel, off-road vehicles and work in remote areas.


Fishing Operations

Usually working on a commercial fishing vessel, a worker in this sector could expect to be involved in attaching runners, weights, buoys, anchors, poles, stakes etc to nets, traps and pots, tying nets together to form fleets of nets and fasten towing cables to nets, setting and hauling nets, anchors, lines and pots, boiling and packing crustaceans, sorting, cleaning, processing, preserving and packaging catch, loading, unloading and stowing supplies and equipment, contributing to at-sea processing of seafood, and maintaining the temperature of seafood.


Seafood Processing

Seafood processors scale, clean, fillet, cut, shell, grade and pack seafood for sale or supply using knives, scalers and power equipment. A worker in this sector could expect to inspect seafood on conveyors and sort for size and quality, fillet fish, scrape skin, and pick blood, meat and other waste from pre-cooked seafood, separate tail and body of rock lobsters, pack seafood and count packs before freezing, pack frozen seafood blocks into cartons, operate and feed machines which slice, peel, skin or crumb seafood and clean and sanitise equipment and work areas.


To find a Registered Training Organisation who delivers the SFI11 Seafood Training Package in WA, click here.

Links & Resources

Please refer to our Links & Resources for information on Careers, Industry Associations and Employee and Employer organisations within this industry.