The Australian sardine is a versatile species suitable for a range of products and applications. The South Australian Sardine Fishery is a significant fishery in Australian waters. The fishery consistently harvests the highest volume single species yields in comparison to any other Australian fishery.
The South Australian Sardine Industry is utilises a method of fishing known as purse seining. Sardines are a schooling species, that when located the net (purse seine) is deployed around the school of fish and the catch is pumped on board into refrigerated holds, at below zero temperatures, to ensure the quality of the catch is maximized.
The harvest from the South Australian Sardine Fishery supplies diverse markets. Currently 94% of the harvest is used as a high quality feed in tuna ranching operations located off Port Lincoln, South Australia. The remaining 6% of the catch is supplies a growing human consumption demand, as well as a recreational fishing bait market and premium brands of pet food. The sardine is a versatile species suitable for a range of products and applications.
The South Australia Sardine Fishery generated $26.4 million into the Eyre and Western region economy in 2017/18. Flow-ons to other sectors of the State Economy added another $31 million. The South Australian Sardine Fishery generated a total employment impact of 149 jobs into regional South Australia in 2017/18.
(BDO Econsearch 2017/18)