Port Stephens Fisheries Centre


Port Stephens Fisheries Centre from the air

The Port Stephens Fisheries Institute (PSFI) is located at Taylors Beach approximately 10 km from Nelson Bay in the Port Stephens Council area (32.724 S, 152.146 E).

The Institute is approximately 27 km from north-east Newcastle airport and 150 km north from Sydney.

This Institute is a multi-disciplinary centre with staff from several units within the Primary Industries Division based on-site.

Divisions and working units include:

Fisheries Research

  • Aquaculture Research
  • Marine Ecosystems Research
  • Freshwater Ecosystems Research
  • Fisheries Resource Assessment

Aquaculture, and Aquatic Environment

  • Aquaculture Policy and Management
  • Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation
  • Marine Environment

Fisheries Compliance

  • Fisheries Officers
  • Operational Planning and Review

Biosecurity NSW

  • Aquatic Biosecurity Risk Management
  • Invasive Plants and Animals

Business ServicesOffice of Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security

Health and Safety

There are approximately 85 staff based on-site. The research leaders at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute also manage other research offices at the Narrandera Fisheries Centre, Nowra and Coffs Harbour.

Facts and figures 2013/14


Total staff: approximately 85

Professional staff

Fisheries Research: 42
Aquaculture and Aquatic Environment: 22
Fisheries Compliance: 5
Aquatic Biosecurity Risk Management: 4
Business Services: 1
Business and Research Operations: 4
Office of Agriculture Sustainability and Food Security: 2
Invasive Plants and Animals: 1
Health and Safety: 1


Journal Publications: 36

Other statistics

Funding bodies that support PSFI: 23
Postgraduate students: 30
Overseas project: 5

Last updated August 2014