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Does 'the local' provide a pathway to revitalizing primary production in regional communities?: A case study of professional fishing on the NSW South coast

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Economic development in regional areas is a high priority social and political objective in Australia. Regional and rural coastal towns have suffered as a result of the declining value of primary production from traditional industries, including fishing, farming and forestry. As a result, attention has shifted to alternative employment and revenue sources, especially from service industries such as tourism and hospitality. Using a case study of the New South Wales (NSW) South Coast fishing industry combined with a review of global trends gaining prominence in food systems, we argue that primary industries—like professional fishing—are now well positioned to foster a revival in rural and regional communities. Consumer interest in food provenance and sustainability, a movement towards ‘localism’, and the growth in food-based tourism have created new opportunities for the sector. The industry will, however, need support from regional development agencies to assist the transition to new business models, and recover from a prolonged, and at times traumatic, period of reform.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Croft, F., Voyer, M., Adams, M., Visser, C., Leadbitter, D., Reveley, J., Steel, F. & Kennedy, J. E. (2019). Does 'the local' provide a pathway to revitalizing primary production in regional communities?: A case study of professional fishing on the NSW South coast. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 25 (2), 254-281.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1712

Number Of Pages


  • 27

Start Page


  • 254

End Page


  • 281

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Wollongong, N.S.W.

Abstract


  • Economic development in regional areas is a high priority social and political objective in Australia. Regional and rural coastal towns have suffered as a result of the declining value of primary production from traditional industries, including fishing, farming and forestry. As a result, attention has shifted to alternative employment and revenue sources, especially from service industries such as tourism and hospitality. Using a case study of the New South Wales (NSW) South Coast fishing industry combined with a review of global trends gaining prominence in food systems, we argue that primary industries—like professional fishing—are now well positioned to foster a revival in rural and regional communities. Consumer interest in food provenance and sustainability, a movement towards ‘localism’, and the growth in food-based tourism have created new opportunities for the sector. The industry will, however, need support from regional development agencies to assist the transition to new business models, and recover from a prolonged, and at times traumatic, period of reform.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Croft, F., Voyer, M., Adams, M., Visser, C., Leadbitter, D., Reveley, J., Steel, F. & Kennedy, J. E. (2019). Does 'the local' provide a pathway to revitalizing primary production in regional communities?: A case study of professional fishing on the NSW South coast. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 25 (2), 254-281.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1712

Number Of Pages


  • 27

Start Page


  • 254

End Page


  • 281

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Wollongong, N.S.W.