Alistair McIlgorm

Alistair McIlgorm

Position: Marine Economist and Capacity Development Coordinator
Phone number: +61 2 4221 8117
Office: UOW Innovation Campus, ITAMS Building 233, Room 111
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia   


Alistair McIlgorm is a full time Professor at ANCORS specialising in marine and fisheries economics and management and capacity development.

His 25 year career in fisheries and Australian marine sector has been as a Lecturer, Senior lecturer and Associate Director of the Australian Maritime College (AMC 1987-1997), 8 years as principal consultant and managing Director of Dominion Consulting Pty Ltd (1997 to 2004). He was formerly Professor and Director of the National Marine Science Centre (2005-2010), Coffs Harbour, NSW, University of New England and Southern Cross University).

Over 20 years he has pioneered short course training for over 800 fishery administrators, managers and stakeholders in co-management regimes in all states of Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and the Indian Ocean rim. Through Dominion Consulting he completed over 50 fisheries management projects with marine resource agencies at State and Commonwealth levels.  He has numerous journal and peer reviewed research reports on a wide range of current international multi-disciplinary marine issues including several project with APEC, Asian and Pacific regional organisations. 

PhD Students:

Zaki MUBAROK Busro: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing as Transnational Organized Crime: Perspectives of Legal, Policy and Institution of Indonesia

Godfred ASIEDU (Co-supervisor): Managing Conflicts In The Marine Fisheries Sectors in Ghana.

Harriet HARDEN-DAVIES (Co-supervisor): Sharing Benefits From Marine Genetic Resources In Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Operationalising Science And Technology Transfer

PhD Graduates:

Karen RAUBENHEIMER : Towards an Improved Framework to Prevent Marine Plastic Debris  

Potential topics for HDR & honours supervision:

Fisheries economics, blue economy, recreational fishing economics, fisheries management.

Recent awards and fellowships:

Global challenges support for visit to NUI Galway and U. Ulster, N.Ireland 

Competitive research funding:

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) 2001/527, National Recreational Fishing Education project (2012-14) 

Professional membership:

Member of the International Institute of Fishery Economics and Trade (IIFET) 

Selected Publications:

Grafton, R.Q and A. McIlgorm (2009) Ex-ante evaluation of the costs and benefits of individual transferable quotas: A case-study of seven Australian commonwealth fisheries, Marine Policy, Elsevier, Volume 33, Issue 4, July 2009, Pages 714-719

McIlgorm, A. (2009). What can measuring the marine economies of Southeast Asia tell us in times of economic change?  In A. Ross Ed. “The Marine Economy in Times of Change”. PEMSEA, Tropical Coasts Vol.16 No.1 p40-48 ISSN0117-9756 July 2009.

Kildow JT, McIlgorm A. (2010) The importance of estimating the contribution of the oceans to national economies. Marine Policy, Elsevier, 34 (2010) 367–374 (doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2009.08.006)

McIlgorm, A. (2010). Economic impacts of climate change on sustainable tuna and billfish management; insights from the Western Pacific. Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) Special edition of Progress in Oceanography, Volume 86, Issues 1-2, July-August, Pages 187-191.

McIlgorm. A, S. Hanna, G. Knapp, P. Le Floc'H , F. Millerd and M. Pan (2010). How will climate change alter fishery governance -Insights from seven international case studies. Marine Policy 34 (2010), pp. 170-177 (DOI : 10.1016/j.marpol.2009.06.004).

Tsamenyi, M.T ., A. McIlgorm  (2010).  “Opportunities and Constraints in Enhancing Intra-African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) trade”. A report to the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, England.

McIlgorm, A, Campbell, H F. and Rule, M J. (2011) The economic cost and control of marine debris damage in the Asia-Pacific region. Ocean and Coastal Management, 54 9: 643-651. 

Song W.S., G.S. He and A. McIlgorm (2013) From behind the Great Wall: The development of statistics on the marine economy in China, Marine Policy, Volume 39, May 2013, Pages 120-127. 

McIlgorm, A, ‘Whose job is it to clear up all the rubbish floating in the oceans?’, The Conservation (7 April 2014). Available online

Guy, J.A., McIlgorm, A., and P. Waterman (2014) "Aquaculture in Regional Australia: Responding to Trade Externalities. A Northern NSW Case Study.," Journal of Economic and Social Policy: Vol. 16: Iss. 1, Article 6. Available at:

Wen-Hai Lu, Jie Liu, Xian-Quan Xiang, Wei-Ling Song, and A. McIlgorm (2015). A comparison of marine spatial planning approaches in China: Marine functional zoning and the marine ecological red line, Marine Policy, Volume 62, December, Pages 94-101, ISSN 0308-597X,

McIlgorm, A. (2016). Ocean Economy Studies in the Asia-Pacific Region: Lessons for the Future International Use of National Accounts in the Blue Economy. Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, Vol 2.

McIlgorm, A., M.A. Voyer, C. Magee, J. Pepperell, E. O’Toole and O. Li (2016) Improving our understanding of the motivations and attitudes towards fisheries management of recreational fishers in NSW. Report to New South Wales Department of Primary Industry Recreational Fishing Trusts. Link to PDF.

Voyer,M., Barclay,K., McIlgorm,A., and N.Mazur (2017) Connections or conflict? A social and economic analysis of the interconnections between the professional fishing industry, recreational fishing and marine tourism in coastal communities in NSW, Australia, Marine Policy, Volume 76, February 2017, Pages 114-121

Raubenheimer, K., and A. McIlgorm (2017) Is the Montreal Protocol a model that can help solve the global marine plastic debris problem? Marine Policy, 81: 322-329.

Last reviewed: 2 May, 2017