CMS Seminar and Expert Panel: “Climate change adaptation for Australia’s fisheries”

Event Date: 6 December, 2021

Organised by the Environmental Change and Adaptation research theme

Over the next twenty years Australia’s marine ecosystems are expected to exhibit some of the largest climate-driven changes in the Southern Hemisphere. These ecosystem changes will have cascading effects on local communities and seafood businesses, and will require adaptation of management approaches.  Navigating a sustainable path forward requires close collaboration between science, industry, policy makers and communities.

At the end of 2020, as the culmination of a multi-year collaboration between CSIRO, researchers, fisheries managers and fishers from around Australia, the “Adaptation of Commonwealth Fisheries management to climate change handbook” was launched. This handbook sets out the steps for understanding what kind of change is occurring in an ecosystem and how fisheries and management could be modified to cope.

Lead author of the handbook Beth Fulton will present an overview of the challenge of adapting Australia’s fisheries to climate change. The expert panel, comprising co-authors on the Handbook from CSIRO, government and the University, will then share their insights and answer questions.

Seminar speaker:

Beth Fulton

Beth Fulton is Deputy Director of CMS and a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO where she leads a portfolio of work on Integrated Marine Management.


Jess Melbourne-Thomas 2019

Jess Melbourne-Thomas (facilitator) leads the CMS knowledge production theme and is a Senior Research Scientist and Team Leader for marine socio-ecological systems with CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere.

Ian Butler -

Ian Butler is a Fisheries Scientist in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) within the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Leo Dutra is a Senior Research Scientist in fisheries assessment and marine ecology with CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere.

Ryan Murphy is a Senior Manager for Policy, Environment, Economics and Research with the Australian fisheries management authority.

Emily Ogier -

Emily Ogier is a Marine Social Science Research Fellow at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) where she leads the Human Dimensions research team, and the national FRDC Human Dimensions Research Coordination Program.

Nick Rayns is the Principal of FutureCatch consulting, is a member or chair of a number of fisheries and marine protected area related bodies and was formerly the Executive Manager of Fisheries at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

When: 6th December 2021, from 10:30 am- 12:00pm

Where: Online via webex and in-person at the CSIRO Hobart Auditorium (Contact for the webex link)

COVID requirement to attend in person: pre-clearance must be arranged prior to December 3rd for non-CSIRO staff, please fill in the CSIRO Health declaration form and send it to Rowan Trebilco (

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