Vic Peddemors

Research interests

  • Shark biology, ecology and behaviour
  • Conservation genetics
  • Environmental effects on abundance and distribution
  • Impacts of fishery interactions
  • Tourism on marine predators
  • Impacts of pollutants on marine apex predators


Vic Peddemors joined NSW DPI in 2008 and now heads the shark research section of the NSW Department of Primary Industries, providing scientific leadership for the group’s research and advisory effort. He is currently also an Associate Professor in Marine Biology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Vic has over 30 years scientific research experience in Antarctica, Australia, England, Holland, Mozambique and South Africa. His research interests cover a wide range of marine apex predators, but have particularly focused on cetaceans and sharks. This research has covered habitats from the tropics to the Antarctic whilst investigating the behaviour, biology, abundance and distribution of marine predators in relation to their habitat. Human-induced impacts, either through fishery or tourism interactions, have been a long-term study interest.

He has written over 80 scientific articles, more than 50 of which are peer-reviewed publications.


  • B.Sc. – University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa) 1980
  • B.Sc. (Hons) - University of Natal, Durban (South Africa) 1983
  • M.Sc. in Environmental Biology – University of Natal, Durban (South Africa) 1987
  • PhD Zoology – University of Port Elizabeth (South Africa) 1995

Current projects

  • Assessing the shark component of the NSW Ocean Trap and Line Fishery.
  • Sharks and MPAs – impacts of release of captive-bred wobbegong sharks.
  • Shovelnose ray biology and reproductive physiology: implications for the NSW fishery.
  • Biology and fishery of angel sharks and sawsharks in NSW
  • Risk assessment of chondrichthyes bycatch in the NSW Fish Trawl.
  • Assessment of the sandbar shark fishery off northern NSW.
  • The NSW Shark Meshing Program.
  • Assessment of the East Australian grey nurse sharks population.
  • Shark interactions with fishing gear: Investigating the behavioural response of grey nurse sharks to recreational lures and baited lines.
  • Grey nurse sharks at Critical Habitats – population dynamics and the impact of recreational divers.
  • Use of genetic techniques as a forensic tool in shark fisheries.
  • Assessment of the suitability of aerial surveys in enhancing bather protection against shark attack.
  • Mechanics of shark bite.
  • Movements and biology of coastal sharks in NSW

Recent publications

Please refer to Vic Peddemors Google Scholar page.

Professional associations and activities

  • Scientific Committee for the Australian Animal Tagging And Monitoring System [AATAMS] (2006 to present)
  • IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group invited participant (2010 – present)
  • IUCN SSC Cetacean Specialist Group: Africa Coordinator (2002 – 2008)
  • Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (Invited Participant 1997 - 2008)
  • Marine Mammal By-Catch Task Team, WWF-US (2002 – present)
  • Oceania Chondrichthyan Society member

Contact details


Phone: (02) 9435 4670