LOWRY, Michael

Michael Lowry

Research interests

  • Recreational and commercial  fisheries assessments
  • Fisheries enhancement
  • Artificial reefs (design, ecology, ecosystem impacts)
  • Video technology and photogrammetry for use in fisheries assessments
  • Fish behaviour


Michael Lowry is a Senior Fisheries Research Scientist based at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute. He is the Research Leader for the Fisheries Resource Assessment Unit (FRA) which has responsibilities for the research program areas of Sustainable Fish Harvest and Fishery Enhancement. Current research projects involve the deployment and monitoring of offshore and estuarine artificial reefs, and marine stocking. He also has an interest in the use of existing and emerging video and camera technology (photogrammetry) as a means of monitoring fish populations, particularly around artificial structures. Michael completed his PhD in 1997 (University of NSW) on the 'Home Range and Ecology of the Red Morwong'. He joined the Department in 1998 and has worked on a variety of projects primarily related to the assessment and enhancement of recreational and commercial fisheries.


  • PhD - University of NSW 1997
  • Grad Dip Aquaculture - University of Tasmania 1991
  • BA - University of NSW 1985
  • BSc - University of NSW 1989

Current projects

  • NSW Fisheries Enhancement Research and Monitoring Program (Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust)
  • Eraring Power Station Fish Relocation Project (Origin Energy)
  • Do coastal currents feed the harvest from purpose-built, offshore artificial reefs? (ARC Linkage)

Recent publications

Please refer to Michael Lowry's Research Gate page.

Contact details

Email: michael.lowry@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 4916 3879