Effects of fishing, aquaculture and associated activities

Squid trawler hauling their catch

The Centre has a long-standing interest in the effects of fishing on marine assemblages. Researchers in the Centre have previously examined the effects of prawn trawling in the Clarence River, seeding abalone to increase densities, impacts of fish on the Sydney Rock Oyster industry and proposing new Ecosystem Based Fishery Management models. Current research is directed towards understanding ecological impacts of recreational fishing and developing new knowledge of what happens in marine systems when commercial fishing stops. We are keen to work with fishing industry, recreational fishers and conservation bodies to use high-quality science to better understand the links between ecology and fishing.