Climate ready: identifying adaptation preparedness in Australia’s State fisheries

Project outline and objectives:

Long-term climate changes can have a range of potential effects, both positive and negative, on human economies and ecosystem services. Currently, Australian state fisheries management plans and practices do not explicitly consider the effects of long-term climate change, and management options appropriate for climate change remain incompletely explored. This project will investigate the effectiveness and adaptive capacity of current fisheries management plans and practices in a climate change context, in each Australian state and in the Northern Territory.

More specifically, this project will:

  • Review the climate-driven biological implications which intersect with Australian state fisheries;
  • Review and analyse the focus of current Australian state fisheries management plans;
  • Identify the perceptions of state fisheries managers and stakeholders, regarding necessary changes to current state management practices and plans;
  • Model future outcomes of possible management adaptation options;
  • Evaluate fisher acceptability of possible management adaptation options.
PhD Student:

Hannah Fogarty

Supervisors:

Gretta Pecl, UTAS
Alistair Hobday, CSIRO
Chris Cvitanovic, UTAS

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