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Building blocks of economic resilience to climate change: a south east Australian fisheries example


Van Putten, IE and Jennings, S and Frusher, S and Gardner, C and Haward, M and Hobday, AJ and Nursey-Bray, M and Pecl, G and Punt, A and Revill, H, Building blocks of economic resilience to climate change: a south east Australian fisheries example, Regional Environmental Change: Natural and Social Aspects, 13, (6) pp. 1313-1323. ISSN 1436-3798 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10113-013-0456-0


Climate change will impact on ecological, social, and economic elements of fisheries; however, the three are seldom considered in an integrated fashion. We develop a fishery-level assessment of economic resilience to climate change for the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery, a linked social–ecological system. We outline the main climate change forcing influences that link climate change to the fishery via changes in lobster abundance, distribution, and phenology. Using a bottom-up approach, we identify twelve economic attributes strongly related to the fisheries’ economic resilience to climate change. Resilience attributes are grouped according to the level of the economic domain (business, sectoral, and governance). Attributes are then evaluated to determine the overall economic resilience of the rock lobster fishery in the context of the specific nature of predicted climate change effects. We identify areas of low resilience in the economic sub-system for this fishery. Evaluating the economic resilience of regional fisheries using this integrated, interdisciplinary framework provides a practical, parsimonious, and conceptually sound basis for undertaking comprehensive and contextually tailored assessments of climate change impacts and economic vulnerability. The framework can be extended to include a broader range of climate change impacts and the social domain of the human sub-system.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, economic resilience, rock lobster fishery, social–ecological system, adaptation
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Fisheries Management
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Processed Non-Food Agriculture Products (excl. Wood, Paper and Fibre)
Objective Field:Essential Oils (e.g. Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Boronia, Sandlewood)
Author:Jennings, S (Dr Sarah Jennings)
Author:Frusher, S (Professor Stewart Frusher)
Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
Author:Pecl, G (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:86933
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2013-11-01
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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