Our collection helps sustainably manage Australia’s marine biodiversity. We partner with researchers both nationally and globally to support marine research and ecologically sustainable management.
This collection is a vital resource and reference for Australia's marine biodiversity, supporting research to improve our understanding of our marine fishes.
The Australian National Fish Collection has a mix of staff with specialist skills ranging from collection maintenance and development through to research.
Our Australian National Fish Collection contains mostly marine species, particularly deep water fishes and sharks and rays from Australia, Antarctica and the Indo-Pacific region.
While Australian seas contain a great richness of species, there's also a high proportion of endemic species. An understanding of diversity patterns in neighbouring waters is crucial to interpreting our biodiversity.
The Australian National Fish Collection supports research for sustainable management and conservation of healthy, diverse and productive marine ecosystems.
Sustainable marine management and conservation
We work with fisheries and conservation managers to improve our understanding of impacts on marine biodiversity.
Unlocking genetic diversity in fishes
We combine genetic techniques with traditional taxonomic methods to understand our marine fish fauna, how they have evolved and the effects of environmental pressures.