The Australian Marine Conservation Society today called on all Australian government’s to take action to protect Australia’s marine ecosystems and fisheries from climate change impacts.
This call comes in the wake of a ground-breaking CSIRO report which states that Australia’s fisheries and marine ecosystems are threatened by climate change and overfishing1.The CSIRO report titled “Impacts of Climate Change on Australian Marine Life” found that climate change will affect distribution and abundance of our ocean wildlife and fisheries productivity and that some of the biggest climate effects will be felt in the south-east of Australia and in the Tasman Sea.
Craig Bohm, National Fisheries Campaigner with the Society said “Australian governments, and all political parties, must articulate clear policies and actions to protect Australia’s fisheries from climate change impacts. We need less rhetoric on this issue and more commitment to direct action.”
Bohm continued “The Australian Government announced last week that 20% of fisheries managed by them are considered overfished and/or subject to overfishing. 80% of orange roughy stocks are overfished, eastern gemfish is overfished, deep sea sharks and oreos are overfished. Clearly we are not looking after our marine life or our fish stocks and this makes them vulnerable to climate change impacts.”
Among some of the key actions needed, CSIRO recommended establishing marine protected areas, reducing fish quotas by allocating ‘climate change’ portion of the overall catch and reducing marine pollution.
“To secure the future health of our fisheries and marine ecosystems we must reduce our impacts on the sea. Marine life needs breathing space from fishing and other impacts and no political party has yet articulated a strong commitment to achieve this goal. Its time we called them on this issue,” Bohm concluded.
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1. Impacts of Climate Change on Australian Marine Life – (September 2006) CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Report to the Australian Greenhouse Office, Dept of Environment and Heritage. (Eds): Alistair J. Hobday, Thomas A. Okey, Elvira S. Poloczanska, Thomas J. Kunz, Anthony J. Richardson
Climate Change and the Sea
A groundbreaking report released by one of Australia’s leading scientific organizations, CSIRO, has found that climate change is expected to have considerable impacts on our marine life and habitats.
The CSIRO concluded that climate change will affect the distribution and abundance of our ocean wildlife, including fish populations, and affect key industries such as tourism and fisheries. The CSIRO also found that some of the biggest climate effects will be felt in the south-east of Australia and in the Tasman Sea.
Amongst some of the key the strategies recommended by CSIRO were building resilience in our oceans, including establishing marine protected areas, reducing fishing quotas by allocating a ‘climate change’ portion of the overall catch and reducing marine pollution.