CHICK, Rowan

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Research interests

  • Sustainable utilisation of living marine resources (primarily invertebrates)
  • Research and management outputs that support and improve outcomes for fisheries
  • Commercial fisheries – harvest strategies, biological performance measures
  • Fisheries stock assessment
  • Fisheries stock enhancement


Rowan Chick is a Fisheries Scientist based at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute. He has over 20 years experience in fisheries research, with a primary interest in the role of research in supporting sustainable utilisation of living marine resources. Rowan re-joined the Department as a Fisheries Scientist in July 2014, having previously worked as a Senior Technician from 1994-2004. He is currently the designated Species Expert for a number of marine invertebrates, including Abalone, Beachworms and Cockles, and fishes, including Pink Ling, Blue-eye Trevalla and Gemfish. He has developed strong working relationships with scientists, managers and commercial and recreational fishing members and representatives within NSW and nationally, and works closely with stakeholders to provide informed, unbiased scientific advice and outputs to improve outcomes for fisheries.

From 2005 to 2014 Rowan worked as a Fisheries Scientist at the South Australian Research and Development Institute – Aquatic Sciences. He completed his PhD in 2010 (James Cook University) on ‘Stock enhancement of local populations of Blacklip abalone in New South Wales, Australia’.


  • Ph.D. – James Cook University
  • B.Sc.(Hons) – University of Sydney

Current projects

  • NSW Fisheries Resource Assessment (multiple species)
  • Bait Security – Ensuring sustainable and productive NSW invertebrate bait resources (Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust funded project DPIS011, PI)
  • Waste to profit in urchin fisheries (FRDC 2016/208, Co-I)
  • Maximise yield or minimise risk in the blacklip abalone fishery (FRDC 2015/017, Co-I)

Recent publications

Please refer to Rowan Chick’s ResearchGate page

Contact details

Phone: (02) 4982 3874