The fishing industry was one of the earliest industries established in the Hastings area, with fishermen settling there in the 1840s and early 1850s.

The Hastings Jetty was built in 1864 and was the focal point of fishing activities. Fishing continued as a major local industry in Western Port until the 1960s. As industrial development grew, commercial fishing declined, and now only recreational fishermen continue to fish in the bay.