Research and development

DPI is committed to growing the NSW economy through the state's primary industries.

We understand the value of innovation, sustainable resource use and risk mitigation. We have more than 1,000 active research and development projects underway which will return up to ten times the value of the $100 million we have invested in them.

As world leaders in food and fibre innovation, we are ranked in the top 1% of research organisations around the globe and we work closely and collaboratively with industry, and public and private organisations.

Research staff and facilities

Our research centres are in key locations across NSW, which aids us in addressing a range of production systems as part of our research.

DPI Laboratory Services provide quality assured laboratory testing services in the fields of veterinary pathology, analytical chemistry and plant health.

Significant natural resources are housed in scientific collections across NSW. They contain physical specimens and historical records relating to plant genotypes, fish, insects, mites, fungi, virus and bacteria.

Flagship projects

Fisheries Spatial Data Portal

Fisheries NSW creates and maintains a range of significant spatial datasets that are useful to a number of stakeholders.

These datasets are now being made available to stakeholders free of charge through this portal.

The Fisheries Spatial Data Portal provides access to spatial datasets through an intuitive public interface that allows the searching, viewing and downloading of this data.

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DPI Game Fish Tagging Program

The NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging Program has been in operation since 1973 and is used to obtain information on the biology (distribution, movement, growth, exploitation) of billfish, tunas, sharks and sport fish and encourages game fishers to participate in the management of the fishery.

The tagging data is used by scientists to study the lives and habits of highly migratory game fish species. The migratory habits of the tagged fish are observed by measuring the distance and direction travelled between tagging and recapture, and this can be linked with environmental factors. Growth patterns are also monitored.