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Socio-economic and management implications of range-shifting species in marine systems


Madin, EMP and Ban, NC and Doubleday, ZA and Holmes, TH and Pecl, GT and Smith, F, Socio-economic and management implications of range-shifting species in marine systems, Global Environmental Change, 22, (1) pp. 137-146. ISSN 0959-3780 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.10.008


Climate change is leading to a redistribution of marine species, altering ecosystem dynamics as species extend or shift their geographic ranges polewards with warming waters. In marine systems, range shifts have been observed in a wide diversity of species and ecosystems and are predicted to become more prevalent as environmental conditions continue to change. Large-scale shifts in the ranges of marine species will likely have dramatic socio-economic and management implications. Australia provides a unique setting in which to examine the range of consequences of climate-induced range shifts because it encompasses a diverse range of ecosystems, spanning tropical to temperate systems, within a single nation and is home to global sea surface temperature change ‘hotspots’ (where range shifts are particularly likely to occur). We draw on global examples with a particular emphasis on Australian cases to evaluate these consequences. We show that in Australia, range shifts span a variety of ecosystem types, trophic levels, and perceived outcomes (i.e., negative versus positive). The effect(s) of range shifts on socio-economic change variables are rarely reviewed, yet have the potential to have positive and/or negative effects on economic activities, human health and ecosystem services. Even less information exists about potential management responses to range-shifting species. However, synthesis of these diverse examples provides some initial guidance for selecting effective adaptive response strategies and management tools in the face of continuing climate-mediated range shifts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, climate change, management, marine ecosystems, range shift, socio-economic, species distributions
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Doubleday, ZA (Dr Zoe Doubleday)
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:77533
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:74
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2012-04-27
Last Modified:2018-03-28
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