The vast sea grass paddocks of both Shark Bay and the Exmouth Gulf are extremely fertile breeding grounds for prawns and in Shark Bay for scallops also. Thus the Gascoyne is able to provide most of the State’s prawns and scallops.
Crabs, snapper, whiting and mullet are also commercially harvested in the region.
Seafood processing is the region’s principal manufacturing activity with factories in Exmouth Carnarvon and Denham. Several producers supply export as well as local markets.
Aquaculture continues to develop in the Gascoyne with finfish and pearling operations based in the Shires of Exmouth, Carnarvon and Shark Bay. In 2006/07 the fishing industry contributed $56.7 million to the Gascoyne economy.
Please download the State of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Report 2010/11
Western Australian estimated fishing catch for the 2011-2012 period was 17,374 tonnes at a value of $265,512.00. In the Gascoyne the estimated fishing catch for the same period was recorded at 3,674 tonnes with an estimated market value of $38,384.00.