BECKER, Alistair

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Research interests

  • Contribution of artificial reefs to recreational fisheries
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the success and impact of marine stocking events
  • Application of the DIDSON acoustic camera to fisheries ecology research
  • Ecology of estuarine fisheries species


Alistair has been based at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute since 2014, where his research focuses on fisheries enhancement initiatives. Current projects include evaluating the success of mulloway stocking events in NSW estuaries including developing marking techniques and new monitoring approaches. He is also involved in artificial reef research; this includes various projects examining the abundance and composition of fish assemblages, assessing site fidelity and movement patterns of key recreational species as well as angler participation rates.

Alistair has a background in estuarine fish ecology, following his PhD he spent three years in South Africa, working on projects which examined fish in shallow estuarine habitats and developed acoustic sampling methods. Before obtaining a role with the Department he also worked in academia at UNSW with research and teaching in fish ecology and conservation planning. Alistair currently holds a conjoint lecturer position at University of Newcastle and maintains national and international research links.


  • PhD – Deakin University (2008)
  • BSc. (Hons) – Deakin University (2002)

Current projects

  • Offshore Artificial Reefs
  • Mulloway Estuary Stocking Program
  • Eastern King Prawn Stocking Program
  • Juvenile Eastern King Prawn Habitat Assessment

Recent publications

Please refer to Alistair Becker's google scholar page.

Professional associations and activities

  • Australian Society for Fish Biology

Contact details

Phone: (02) 4916 3922