Marine climate change adaption projects

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.

Following is a list of FRDC-funded projects and resources.


Completed projects

Projects underway

Other resources


Completed projects


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

2018-060   Blue Carbon and the Australian Seafood Industry: Workshop

Other completed projects are part of the Climate Adaptation Program.


Projects underway

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

2016-059    Adaptation of Commonwealth fisheries management to climate change

Other Resources

FISH magazine March 2016 (Vol.24 No.1) – ’Carbon credentials’[PDF]
FISH magazine March 2017 (Vol.25 No.1) – ’Acidic oceans challenge oyster survival’ [PDF]
Repairing and conserving Australia's saltmarshes and seascapes [PDF]
Climate change. The Impact on South East Australian Southern Rock Lobster Fisheries [PDF]
Climate change. The Impact on South East Australian Blue Mussel Aquaculture [PDF]
Climate change. The Impact on South East Australian Blue Grenadier Fishery [PDF]
Climate change. The Impact on South East Australian Snapper Fisheries [PDF]
Climate change. The Impact on South East Australian Abalone Fisheries [PDF]
Climate change. The Impact on South East Australian Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture [PDF]
Redmap website - The Range Extension Database & Mapping project invites the Australian community to spot, log and map marine species that are uncommon in Australia, or along particular parts of our coast.