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Responding to climate change: participatory evaluation of adaptation options for key marine fisheries in Australia's south east


Ogier, E and Jennings, S and Fowler, A and Frusher, S and Gardner, C and Hamer, P and Hobday, AJ and Linanne, A and Mayfield, S and Mundy, C and Sullivan, A and Tuck, G and Ward, T and Pecl, G, Responding to climate change: participatory evaluation of adaptation options for key marine fisheries in Australia's south east, Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, (MAR) Article 97. ISSN 2296-7745 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright © 2020 Ogier, Jennings, Fowler, Frusher, Gardner, Hamer, Hobday, Linanne, Mayfield, Mundy, Sullivan, Tuck, Ward and Pecl. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00097


Planned adaptation to climate impacts and subsequent vulnerabilities will necessarily interact with autonomous responses enabled within existing fisheries management processes and initiated by the harvest and post-harvest components of fishing industries. Optimal adaptation options are those which enable negative effects to be mitigated and opportunities that arise to be maximized, both in relation to specific climate-driven changes and the broader fisheries system. We developed a two-step participatory approach to evaluating adaption options for key fisheries in the fast-warming hotspot of south-eastern Australia. Four fisheries (southern rock lobster, abalone, snapper, and blue grenadier) were selected as case studies on the basis of their high to moderate vulnerability to climatic effects on species distribution and abundance. Involved stakeholders undertook a "first pass" screening assessment of options, by characterizing and then evaluating options. In the characterization step potential adaptation options for each fishery, contextualized by prior knowledge of each speciesí climate change exposure and sensitivity, were described using a characterization matrix. This matrix included: the specific climate vulnerability/challenges, the implications of each option on the fishery system as a whole, the temporal and spatial scales of implementation processes, and realized benefits and costs. In the evaluation step, semi-quantitative evaluation of options was undertaken by stakeholders scoring the anticipated performance of an option against a pre-determined set of criteria relating to perceived feasibility, risk (inclusive of potential costs), and benefit. Reduction of the total annual commercial catch as well as reductions in both effort and catch through spatial and temporal closures were the options scored as having the highest level of expected benefit and of feasibility and the lowest level of risk of negative outcomes overall. Our screening assessment represents a pragmatic approach to evaluate and compare support for and the effects of alternative adaptation options prior to committing to more detailed formal and resource intensive evaluation or implementation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adaptation options, climate change, commercial fisheries, evaluation, participation
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ogier, E (Dr Emily Ogier)
UTAS Author:Jennings, S (Dr Sarah Jennings)
UTAS Author:Frusher, S (Professor Stewart Frusher)
UTAS Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
UTAS Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
UTAS Author:Mundy, C (Dr Craig Mundy)
UTAS Author:Ward, T (Associate Professor Timothy Ward)
UTAS Author:Pecl, G (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:139556
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2020-06-22
Last Modified:2021-11-15
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