Australian Society For Fish Biology


Any member or non-member can contact the convenors of the various ASFB Committees on any issue. Details about the function and membership of the Committees can be obtained from the convenors. The Committee usually meets once a year during the Annual Conference.

Alien Fishes Committee

Our scope is to promote awareness of exotic species, and issues relating to them, in the Australasian area. The Australasian region is taken to encompass Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya, and we will primarily focus on freshwater and estuarine fish species, extending perhaps to larger decapod crustacea. To achieve the charter of the sub-committee, we will endeavour to maintain a watch-in-brief on recent research and issues relating to exotic species, such as: new additions to the fauna of exotic species; changes to the range of established species; new translocations of native species; and, changes to legislation.  We will also access any recent research, direct research if possible (eg. define research areas for post-graduate students), and maintain the focus on those species which were introduced a long time ago (e.g., Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Roach, Atlantic Salmon).

Convenor: Ben Broadhurst
Institute of Applied Ecology

Deputy: David Morgan

Education Committee

The scope of the Committee is the education and research activities of ASFB student members (being members undertaking a degree program such as Honours, Masters, Graduate Diploma or Doctor of Philosophy) studying fish (including decapod crustaceans) and/or fisheries within Australia and/or New Zealand and their offshore dependencies. This includes students who are based at either an Australian, New Zealand and/or overseas institution who are engaged in the study of Australian and/or New Zealand fish and/or fisheries.

Our objectives are to: encourage and promote the study fish and fisheries in Australia by students, enhance the student experience by facilitating student research through awards and opportunities for collaboration and communication, help prepare students for a career in fish research and/or management, and keep ASFB members updated on the activities of the Committee and other relevant information via the Australian Society for Fish Biology newsletter, website and social media.

Dr. Stephen Beatty
Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit, Murdoch University

Threatened Fishes Committee

The conservation status of Australian fishes was classified by the Conference on Australian Threatened Fishes held by the Australian Society for Fish Biology in Melbourne in August 1985. A total of 59 species were listed in seven categories (Harris 1987).

One of the recommendations of the 1985 conference was that the changeable nature of the conservation status of fishes should be recognised, and that the status of the Australian fauna should be reviewed regularly (see conservation status 1999 and 2001). As a result, the Threatened Fishes Committee have revised the listing annually since 1988. In 1991, the Committee agreed to the establishment of a more formal Committee and the adoption of a nomination form for listing or de-listing fishes on the Conservation Status list. The conservation status listings are ratified by the society and are published in the newsletter as yearly supplements. 


Convenor: Michael Hammer
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Fishery Management Committee

The scope of the Fishery Management Committee is to lift the profile of fisheries management as a discipline and provide an ongoing professional association for emerging and existing professionals in fisheries management and policy.

The Fisheries Management Committee has the following aims:

  • provide a forum for fisheries managers to network, engage and discuss approaches to fisheries management challenges, and consider solutions through the collaboration of ideas, networking and information-sharing;

  • help to bridge the gap between science and management by increasing opportunities for fishery managers, policy makers and scientists to collaborate and share information;

  • provide a range of training and personal development opportunities;

  • establish a network for the provision of advice, support and guidance to persons involved with, or interested in a career path in, fisheries management and policy;

  • improve consistency, accessibility and transparency in fisheries management and policy decisions and legislation between jurisdictions; and

  • increase the standing and recognition of fisheries managers and policy makers through promotion of the profession.



Contact details for the interim committee members

Keith Rowling


SA committee member

Kate Simpson

Deputy Chairperson

VIC committee member

Frances Seaborn

TAS committee member

George Day

Commonwealth committee member

Veronica Silberschneider

NSW committee member

Tom Roberts

QLD committee member

Will Bowman

NT committee member

Rebecca Oliver

WA committee member