RFIDS: implications of climate change for recreational fishers and the recreational fishing industry

Project Number:



Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

Principal Investigator:

Colin Creighton AM

Project Status:


FRDC Expenditure:



Environment, Industry

Final report - 2011-037-DLD - Climate Change and Recreational Fishing: implications of climate change for recreational fishers and the recreational fishing industry

Final Report
Author(s):Colin Creighton
Date Published:July 2013
Principal Investigator: Colin Creighton

Keywords: climate change; recreational fishing; adaptation; mitigation; vulnerability; regional management

This report is the first national perspective of the implications of climate change on recreational fisheries and the recreational fishing industry providing a platform for further discussion of the ecological impact on species and evaluation of adaptation and mitigation options.

Highlighted that, with climate change will come increasing climate variability and stressors such as changing sea level, it is recognised that everything we can do to ensure resilience of fish populations is essential. 

Highlighted the need for monitoring to focus on data that can be used to better predict the future, especially in the areas of recruitment and recording species outside their normal range. These are areas where recreational fishers can play a role in data collection. 
Recognition of the need for greater flexibility and responsiveness in fisheries management and to move to a whole of stock management approach as climate change alters the dynamics and distribution of fish stocks. 

Recognition that understanding and mitigating the impacts of climate change on recreational fishing has some important human dimensions, such as understanding the choices fishers make in response to climate change and the flow‐on effects of these choices.


1. Through case studies of vulnerable species in each of the three regions this project will explore and propose activities and strategies such as improved fisheries management measures which could be adopted to assist agencies, recreational fishers and the recreational fishing industry adapt and deal with climate change impacts

2. Explore climate change adaptation responses and move towards regional arrangements that foster a more flexible and responsive approach to recreational fisheries and fisher needs.

3. Identify high priority mitigation opportunities so that the recreational fishing sector can contribute to the global issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions