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Title:

El Nemo South East: Quantitative testing of fisheries management arrangements under climate change using Atlantis

Project Number:

2010-023

Organisation:

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Hobart

Principal Investigator:

Beth Fulton

Project Status:

Completed

FRDC Expenditure:

$338,202.00

Program(s):

Environment

Final Report -2010-023-DLD - Quantitative testing of fisheries management arrangements under climate change using Atlantis

Final Report
ISBN:978-1-4863-0452-3
ISSN:
Author(s):
Date Published:October 2014
Principal Investigator: Beth Fulton

Keywords: Atlantis modelling, SE Australia, fisheries, aquaculture, climate change

Summary

This project used end-to-end (whole-of-system) ecosystem models to consider potential futures for southeastern Australian marine and coastal waters under climate change. The work was part of a multi-partner collaboration formed to provide information in support of understanding and risk assessment. The membership of the group included State and Commonwealth agencies, CSIRO, the University of Tasmania and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Together, this collaborative group developed a South-Eastern Australian Program to address adaptation of fisheries and aquaculture to climate change through coordinated action, which included social research on decision drivers, impact and risk assessment methods. The modelling work in this particular project was a means of synthesizing all the available information so that potential alternative futures could be explored. The outcome of these simulations can then provide guidance for policy makers on the advantages and problems associated with a range of management arrangements and development scenarios. The models can help decision makers understand both the form of potential changes, but also potentially resilient adaptation and management options.

The modelling identified 5 barriers to adaptation, mostly residing in then human parts of the system. Overall integrated management was found to have the most consistent and balanced performance relative to conservation, industry and economic objectives. Specific management options (such as extensive spatial management) can out perform integrated management for a sub-set of objectives, but at the expense of performance in terms of other objectives. The synergistic action of changes in ocean temperature, ocean acidification and human use on southeast Australian marine ecosystems supports previous suggestions that effective resource management is an efficacious means of providing ecosystems with an improved capacity for adaptation.

Objectives

1. Assess what the challenges are for recreational and commercial fisheries and aquaculture management arrangements in managing the interactions between fish and fishers within a changing climate

2. Identify potential barriers (for both Government and industry) to adaptation

3. Inform changes to management arrangements that provide for sustainable management of the resource, provide for efficient operation of markets, foster industry adaptation and enable businesses to manage challenges and take advantage of any emerging opportunities all in the face of uncertainty that will remain associated with climate impacts for decades to come

4. Determine how to detect significant attribute changes to inform a management response again in the face of considerable on-going uncertainty

5. Assess what the challenges are for recreational and commercial fisheries and aquaculture management arrangements in managing the interactions between fish and fishers within a changing climate