Climate Change, Marine Biodiversity and the Fishing and Aquaculture Industries

Climate change — we will experience a changing climate through increasing climate variability – periods of wetter and drier years, floods and droughts, varying wind patterns and sea conditions to match

Fishing and aquaculture — substantial opportunities to improve practices and management arrangements such as managing a total fish stock across state boundaries

Mitigation — reducing greenhouse gases is smart business sense as the less energy we use the less are the input costs for our businesses

Adaptation — responding to a more variable and changing climate is essential for long term fisheries profitability

Research — part of boosting knowledge on our marine resources and fostering a smarter and more profitable fishing and aquaculture sector

Climate change – poses both challenges and opportunities for Australia’s wild fisheries and aquaculture sectors. FRDC’s strategic imperatives are to enhance each sector’s adaptive capacity, to foster mitigation actions such as wetland repair and position our industries and management arrangements to take advantage of the impacts of climate change. The FRDC has a role at the national level to help co-ordinate fisheries climate change RD&E with Australian, State and Territory Government agencies, industry, and stakeholders. This builds on the vast bank of research undertaken over the past decade looking at climate variability and its impact on the fishing industry. Visit the Current RD&E Plan for more information on FRDC's Strategic Plan.