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Research interests

  • Marine biodiversity
  • Threatened and protected species


David Harasti is a Senior Research Scientist based at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute. He is a marine biologist with over 20 years experience working on threatened marine species and marine biodiversity. David previously worked in threatened species management, focusing on recovery plans for species such as grey nurse, great white sharks and black cod, before commencing research on evaluation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in 2008. David also co-supervises several Honours and PhD students.


  • PhD – University of Technology, Sydney
  • BAppSc (Hons) – University of Canberra

Current projects

  • Changes in fish assemblages in response to MPAs
  • Long term monitoring of black cod distribution and abundance
  • Assessment of no-takes areas on snapper abundance and size
  • Use of artificial habitats to recover endangered seahorses
  • Assessing effectiveness of conservation stocking for endangered seahorse
  • Distribution and abundance of endangered soft coral habitats
  • Importance of offshore islands and headlands as nursery areas for reef fishes

Recent publications

Please refer to David Harasti's Google Scholar page or Research Gate page.

Professional associations and activities

  • Australian Marine Science Association
  • Australian Society for Fish Biology
  • IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Stickleback (SPS) Specialist Group
  • NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee
  • Associate Editor - Journal of Fish Biology

Contact details

Email: david.harasti@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 4916 3821