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Fishing & Aquaculture

Glenelg Shire's heritage is built upon whaling, sealing and fishing. The Glenelg Shire Council manages the Local Port of Portland Bay (Trawler Wharf) on behalf of the Department of Transport, which is the base for a large commercial fishing fleet that operates from Kangaroo Island, off South Australia, across much of the Western Victorian coastline, and down to northern Tasmania.

The fishing industry is a major contributor to the local economy including support industries such as fish processing, marine engineering, transport, ship building and maintenance, fuelling, providores, and associated businesses.

Crayfish, abalone, squid, shark and deep water trawling makes Portland a strategic fishing centre. Although some fish is processed in Portland, most of the fish received at Portland is transported by road directly to Melbourne and other markets.

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