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Implications of climate change on fisheries resources of northern Australia Part 1: Vulnerability assessment and adaptation options

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Welch, D.J., Saunders, T., Robins, J. B., Harry, A., Johnson, J., Maynard, J., Saunders, R., Pecl, G., Sawynok, B. and Tobin, A. (2014) Implications of climate change on fisheries resources of northern Australia Part 1: Vulnerability assessment and adaptation options. Project No. 2010/565 . James Cook University and FRDC, 488 pages. ISBN 978-0-9924023-2-7


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Climate change is a major environmental threat and there is a national imperative to determine likely impacts on fisheries in Australia. Northern Australia is predicted to be affected by increased water temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns and resultant increases in river flows to the marine environment, increased intensity of cyclones, ocean acidification, and altered current patterns, which will also affect habitats. These changes will directly and indirectly impact on fishery species including modified phenology and physiology, altered ranges and distributions, composition and interactions within communities, and fisheries catch rates.

For fishery sectors in northern Australia to be able to respond positively and adapt to climate-induced changes on fish stocks there is a need to determine which stocks, and where, when and how they are likely to be affected, and prioritise species for further actions. This project set out to do this using a structured approach to develop and carry out a semi-quantitative vulnerability assessment and conduct stakeholder workshops to identify adaptation options. These outputs were informed by several tasks: a descriptions of past and future climate; identify likely impacts of climate change on habitats and key fishery species; detailed species profiles to document and understand key fisheries, species life histories, and sensitivity to environmental variability (see Part 2 companion report); and analyses of existing data sets of key species to better understand sensitivity to environmental change.

Item Type:Book
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Animal Science
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Conservation of natural resources
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery conservation
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery management. Fishery policy
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery research
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery meteorology. Climatic factors
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
Live Archive:21 Jun 2023 04:56
Last Modified:21 Jun 2023 04:57

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