Marine and seafood
The Fraser Coast is working to establish itself as one of Queensland's premier boating destinations, while its marine and seafood industries offer strong growth and employment opportunities for the region.
Established marinas and facilities exist at the Urangan Boat Harbour, Hervey Bay and on the Mary River at Maryborough.
The development of a major Marine Industry Precinct in Maryborough will include a Marine Trade Training Institute optimising the benefit from this regional asset and providing opportunities for business growth, training and employment, as well as building on existing tourism and recreational activity in the area.
- There are 9,000 recreational vessels registered in the Fraser Coast
- 25 Urangan-based east coast trawlers operate primarily in the prawn and scallop fisheries in the region north to Gladstone and south to the NSW border. Local vessels also operate in the eastern king prawn fishery in the southern Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- The GVP (gross value of production) of whole seafood landed in the greater region is approximately $30 million. A 3.5 multiplied* value of $105 million is further contribution to the greater Wide Bay Burnett region
*multiplier reference Ruello & Associates
- Up to 400 locals are employed in the catching, processing and distribution of seafood. During the peak scallop season - November to April - the Urangan and Maryborough processing factories operate six days a week, employing 50 people a day