DR Harry Gorfine

DR Harry Gorfine


  • Assessment of the performance of fisheries management strategies (invertebrate dive fisheries)



  • Dr Gorfine's primary area of expertise is the fisheries biology of molluscs, including the use of underwater surveys to independently monitor stock status and manipulative experiments to gain a better understanding about how populations respond to fishing mortality. His technical and scientific research experience in temperate marine ecosystems spans 35 years. During this period he has provided both formal and informal assistance to PhD students at The University of Melbourne, Deakin University, and RMIT University and is a co-author of a number of their publications. He has also been a co-investigator on several externally funded projects at all three institutions, and under their auspices has conducted several commercial consultancies on behalf of government and non-government organisations. A qualified SCUBA diving and first aid instructor with a coxswain's licence, he has more than two decades of experience training divers to safely undertake research diving activities and deal with emergencies. He has extensive overseas research and recreational diving experience in tropical and temperate environments. Among other areas of interest and research activity is an ongoing collaboration since 2008 with the Laboratory of Marine Ecology of the Lithuanian Nature Research Centre. This has included the co-supervision of two PhD graduates and one MSc graduate from Vilnius University who were concurrently employed at NRC. Recent research at NRC has included a study of the impact of a burgeoning cormorant colony on key fish stocks in the Curonian Lagoon and Baltic Sea, and an investigation of the seaward migration of European eels released into inland water bodies and its impedance by hydropower plants. He provides ongoing assistance to the NRC in building technical capacity in the areas of fish ageing and modelling. Dr Gorfine is currently presenting a series of lectures about Australian aquatic ecosystems to students and faculty in the Institute of Biosciences at Vilniu   


Member of

  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Ordinary 2013 - 2014
  • Resource Modeling Association. Member 2008 - 2014


Selected publications



Education and training

  • DipBus, 2006
  • PhD, University of Technology Sydney 2003
  • GDipEd, Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education 1989
  • BSc, Monash University 1984



Available for supervision

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