BECKER, Alistair

Picture of Alistair Becker

Research Interests

  • Marine Stocking
  • Artificial Reefs
  • Ecology of estuarine fisheries species
  • Hydroacoustics
  • Acoustic Telemetry


Alistair has been based at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute since 2014, where his research broadly focuses on fisheries enhancement initiatives including artificial reefs and marine stocking. After completing his PhD he spent three years in South Africa studying the ecology of estuarine fish, a topic he continued to pursue when he moved back to Australia and worked at UNSW. When joining NSW DPI his research focused on marine fisheries enhancement programs the department undertakes. This has included the use of a range of techniques including acoustic telemetry, Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVS), passive and active hydroacoustics, genetics, mark-recapture studies and citizen science programs to evaluate both artificial reefs and marine stocking initiatives. Alistair supervises post-graduate students at both University of NSW and University of Newcastle where he holds conjoint positions.


  • PhD (Estuarine ecology) – Deakin University (2008)
  • BSc (Hons) – Deakin University (2002)

Current Projects

  • Long term monitoring of NSW offshore artificial reefs
  • Evaluation of the Dusky Flathead stocking program
  • Yellowtail Kingfish stocking and coastal movement patterns
  • Hydroacoustic surveys of offshore artificial reefs
  • Incorporation of citizen science programs to aid monitoring of marine stocking and artificial reefs

Recent Publications

Please refer to Alistair Becker’s Google Scholar page.

Professional associations and achievements

  • Australian Society for Fish Biology - Member

Contact Details


Phone: (02) 4916 3922