The FRDC has a role at the national level to help co-ordinate and fund fisheries climate change research, development and extension with Australian, State and Territory Government agencies, industry, and stakeholders.This builds on the large amount of research undertaken over the past decade looking at climate variability and its impact on the fishing industry, with a focus on identifying mitigation options that might be adopted by managers and industry. In addition, the FRDC has co-funded the Coastal Climate Blueprint website with the aim of increasing the awareness of climate change impacts in Australian coastal communities.
Previously, the FRDC coordinated the Climate Adaptation Program that included a series of research and development partnerships and a total RD&E investment of over $9M from 2010 to 2014. This was led by FRDC with partnerships going across Australian and State Governments, CSIRO and universities as the lead co-investors. These funded RD&E activities span a range of species groups, ecosystems and regions in Australia.
Currently, FRDC’s investment into climate change research is informed by the various needs of our stakeholders through the FRDC’s partner mechanisms – jurisdictional and industry sector bodies. RD&E invested through these initiatives seeks to develop collaborative partnerships and leverage existing knowledge in this area.
It is also important to acknowledge that there are a wide range of investors into climate change RD&E, including DAWR, CSIRO, the Australian Research Council, universities and the private sector.
2010-535 Management implications of climate change effect on fisheries in Western Australia
2011-503 Climate Change Adaptation: Building community and industry knowledge
2016-005 eSAMarine – phase 1: the first step towards an operational now-cast/forecast ocean prediction system for Southern Australia
2014-031 TSGA IPA: Predicting marine currents, nutrients and plankton in the coastal waters of south-eastern Tasmania in response to changing weather patterns
2014-019 Developing a fishery independent estimate of biomass for snapper
2014-012 Tasmania's coastal reefs: deep reef habitats and significance for finfish production and biodiversity
2011-070 TSGA IPA: Comparative susceptibility and host responses of endemic fishes and salmonids affected by amoebic gill disease in Tasmania
2014-008 Fishery status reports: health-check for Australian fisheries
2012-024 INFORMD Stage 2: Risk-based tools supporting consultation, planning and adaptive management for aquaculture and other multiple-uses of the coastal waters of southern Tasmania
2011-030 Evaluating candidate monitoring strategies, assessment procedures and harvest control rules in the spatially complex Queensland Coral Reef finfish Fishery
2015-040 ABFA IPA: an assessment of the risk of exotic disease introduction and spread among Australian Barramundi farms from the importation of Barramundi products
2015-406 Oysters Australia IPA: development of a national Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) response plan
Other completed projects are part of the Climate Adaptation Program.
2014-025 SRL IPA: Developing cost-effective industry-based techniques for monitoring puerulus settlement in all conditions: Phase 2
2013-006 The impact of habitat loss and rehabilitation on recruitment to the NSW Eastern King Prawn fishery
2015-026 Understanding recruitment variation (including the collapse) of Saucer Scallop stocks in Western Australia and assessing the feasibility of assisted recovery measures for improved management in a changing environment
2015-011 Understanding the factors contributing to decreased School Prawn productivity in Camden Haven Estuary and associated lakes, to target ameliorative actions
2015-027 Examining the relationship between fishery recruitment, essential benthic habitats and environmental drivers in Exmouth Gulf
2015-025 Patterns of interaction between habitat and oceanographic variables affecting the connectivity and productivity of invertebrate fisheries
2013-217 Development of management recommendations to assist in advisories around seafood safety during toxic bloom events in Gippsland Lakes
2014-402 Planning, developing and coordinating national/regional research, development and extension (RD&E) for Australia's recreational fishing community
2014-010 Understanding recruitment collapse of juvenile Abalone in the Eastern Zone Abalone fishery – development of pre-recruitment monitoring, simulation of recruitment variation and predicting the impact of climate variation
2014-005 The application, needs, costs and benefits of Habitat Enhancement Structures in Western Australia and cost effective monitoring methods
2013-205 Beyond engagement: moving towards a co-management model for recreational fishing in South Australia
2014-023 An industry based mark recapture program to provide stock assessment inputs for the Western Rock Lobster Fishery following introduction of quota management
2013-210 Adapt or Fail: Risk management and business resilience in Queensland commercial fisheries
2009-211 Whose fish is it anyway? – Investigation of co-management and self-governance solutions to local issues in Queensland's inshore fisheries
2014-224 Rebuilding Abalone populations to limit impacts of the spread of urchins, Abalone viral ganglioneuritis and other external impacts
2014-040 Oysters Australia IPA: Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) – closing knowledge gaps to continue farming C. gigas in Australia
2015-239 Oysters Australia IPA: Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome – resistant Oyster breeding for a sustainable Pacific Oyster Industry in Australia