HUGHES, Julian

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Research interests

  • Recreational fisheries
  • Fish biology
  • Fisheries stock assessments
  • Barotrauma in fish


Julian Hughes is a Research Scientist in the Fisheries Resource Assessment unit based at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science where he manages the NSW Research Angler Program (NSW RAP). The NSW RAP is an innovative stakeholder-driven approach to collecting stock assessment-quality biological data from important recreational fish species by encouraging recreational fishers to donate the frames from fish they catch to research. Data collected by this program is then fed into the Departmental Resource Assessment System to monitor the health of the State's important commercial and recreational fish stocks. As a member of the Fisheries Resource Assessment unit, Julian is also responsible for carrying out the annual stock assessment of a number of economically-important fish species. Julian's other research interests include the effects of barotrauma on fish, otolith chemistry, bioenergetics modelling, reproductive biology, growth modelling and predator-prey relationships. Julian supervises a number of post-graduate students.

Julian joined the Department in 2003 and has worked on a variety of economically-important fish species and fisheries. He completed a Ph.D – "The Biology and Population Structure of Eastern Australian Salmon (Arripis trutta) in South-eastern Australia" at the University of NSW in 2012.


  • PhD – University of New South Wales 2012
  • BSc (Hons) – University of Sydney 1996

Current projects

  • The NSW Research Angler Program – Saltwater
  • Improving assessment and management of the recreational tailor fishery in NSW
  • Surplus baitfish? The consumption and bioenergetics of a predatory fish, tailor Pomatomus saltatrix

Recent publications

Please see Julian Hughes' Researchgate webpage.

Professional associations

  • Australian Society for Fish Biology
  • Australian Marine Sciences Association

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