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Climate change impacts and adaptation of commercial marine fisheries in Australia: a review of the science


Holbrook, NJ and Johnson, JE, Climate change impacts and adaptation of commercial marine fisheries in Australia: a review of the science, Climatic Change, 124, (4) pp. 703-715. ISSN 0165-0009 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1110-7


Commercial marine fishing contributes significantly to the Australian economy, and has great importance for coastal communities. However, climate change presents significant challenges for Australia’s fishing industries, now and into the future. With greater use of targeted information, the fishing industry will be better placed to minimise the negative impacts and take advantage of opportunities associated with the effects of climate change. The future of the fishing industry—specifically wild capture fisheries—will depend on its ability and capacity to apply appropriate adaptation strategies for its viability and sustainability in the long-term. Knowledge regarding expected long-term changes in species distributions, improved weather and seasonal climate forecasts and their influence on target species, and better understanding of species tolerances, can inform adaptation responses. This paper provides a review of recent advances in research addressing Australia’s priorities in relation to commercial marine fisheries’ responses to current and anticipated future climate change impacts, and considers barriers and adaptation options for fisheries management over the near-term planning horizon of 5–7 years.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, adaptation, impacts, commercial marine fisheries
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
UTAS Author:Holbrook, NJ (Professor Neil Holbrook)
ID Code:91622
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-05-22
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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