HALL, Karina

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Research interests

  • Resource assessment of exploited finfish and marine invertebrates
  • Fisheries biology, population dynamics and life histories of aquatic organisms
  • Ecology and behaviour of cephalopods
  • Post-release survival and welfare of angled fish
  • Physiology and histopathology of aquatic organisms
  • Fisheries and natural resource management


Karina is Fisheries Scientist based at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour. Her current research focuses on the resource assessment of 26 key finfish and cephalopod species exploited by commercial and recreational fisheries along the east coast of Australia. She is currently exploring innovative ways to assess data-poor, non-target species through alternative methods such as ecological risk assessment. Karina also contributes towards joint stock assessments with Commonwealth and other State agencies for biological stocks that cross jurisdictional boundaries.

Karina’s previous research with the Department investigated the post-release survival and welfare of angled finfish. She has also acted as a Fisheries Manager for NSW commercial trawl fisheries and has extensive experience in the analyses and validation of commercial catch records. Before joining the Department in 2007, Karina held previous research positions at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, South Australian Research and Development Institute and the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre.

Karina’s particular expertise is in cephalopod biology. Her PhD investigated the life history and fisheries biology of the giant Australian cuttlefish in South Australia and she continues to be involved in national and international collaborations on other aspects of cephalopod biology. Karina’s research often involves interdisciplinary approaches that apply techniques such as histopathology, otolith chemistry, biogeochemistry, genetics, telemetry or behavioural ecology, to investigate ecological or fisheries-related questions. Karina is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with Southern Cross University and provides guest lectures, is a member of the Universities’ ACEC and supervises postgraduate student projects.


  • PhD (Marine Ecology) – University of Adelaide, 2003
  • B.Sc. Hons. (Marine Biology and Chemistry) – James Cook University, 1993

Current projects

  • Resource assessment of key finfish and marine invertebrate species exploited by commercial and recreational fisheries of NSW
  • Taxonomy and population structures of commercially important coastal loliginid squids in southeastern Australian waters
  • Life histories and reproductive biology of commercially important cuttlefish in NSW

Recent publications

Please refer to Karina Hall’s Google Scholar page.

Professional associations and activities

  • Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University
  • Level B member of the Southern Cross University Animal Care and Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Australian Marine Sciences Association, Australian Society for Fish Biology and Malacological Society of Australasia

Contact details

Email: karina.hall@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 6648 3900