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The east coast Tasmanian rock lobster fishery - vulnerability to climate change impacts and adaptation response options

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Pecl, GT and Frusher, SD and Gardner, C and Haward, MG and Hobday, AJ and Jennings, SM and Nursey-Bray, MJ and Punt, AE and Revill, H and Van Putten, IE, The east coast Tasmanian rock lobster fishery - vulnerability to climate change impacts and adaptation response options, Department of Climate Change, Commonwealth of Australia, Australia (2009) [Government or Industry Research]


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Abstract

This case study examines the potential impacts of climate change on the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery, and identifies several options and opportunities for adaptation. Climate change is expected to have a significant impact on the Tasmanian rock lobster industry with declines in rock lobster biomass occurring initially in northern and north-eastern regions before eventually also potentially declining in the south. As water temperatures increase it is also expected that the range of a damaging sea urchin will be extended. The study found that the rock lobster fishery is reasonably well placed to adapt to the challenges of climate change but identified several possible measures that will assist with this adaptation including improved catch modelling, long-term monitoring, better risk assessment, and effective education and communication with the industry. Understanding the impacts of climate change on the Tasmanian rock lobster industry is important because this fishery is ideally placed to be an ‘early warning signal’ for Australian fisheries generally.

Item Details

Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Policy and Administration
Research Field:Public Policy
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - Wild Caught
Objective Field:Wild Caught Prawns
Author:Pecl, GT (Associate Professor Gretta Pecl)
Author:Frusher, SD (Professor Stewart Frusher)
Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
Author:Haward, MG (Professor Marcus Haward)
Author:Jennings, SM (Dr Sarah Jennings)
Author:Nursey-Bray, MJ (Ms Melissa Nursey-Bray)
Author:Van Putten, IE (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
ID Code:60831
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2010-02-19
Last Modified:2016-10-21
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