Climate change is impacting estuarine and marine fisheries, and biodiversity and extreme climate variability events have been well documented.
Climate change is a significant concern for fishers and the communities that depend on fisheries for their livelihoods, as Australia’s oceans generate considerable economic wealth through fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, oil and natural gas, and transport. Marine ecosystems also provide irreplaceable services including oxygen production, nutrient recycling and climate regulation.
As climate change poses both challenges and opportunities for Australia’s wild fisheries and aquaculture sectors, FRDC’s strategic imperatives are focused on enhancing adaptive capacity to foster mitigation actions, such as wetland repair, and to position our industries to take advantage of the impacts of climate change.
At a national level, FRDC helps co-ordinate fisheries climate change R&D with government agencies, industry and stakeholders. This work builds on the vast bank of research undertaken over the past decade looking at climate variability and its impact on the fishing industry.
You can read FRDC's Senate Inquiry submission about climate change here.
FRDC’s research into climate change
FRDC’s research into climate change spans over a decade. From 2010 to 2014, FRDC coordinated the Climate Adaptation Program which included a series of research and development partnerships and a total RD&E investment of over $9 million. The program spanned a range of species groups, ecosystems and regions in Australia.
Informed by our past investment and outcomes, and the various needs of our stakeholders, FRDC’s current investment into climate change research seeks to maintain and develop collaborative partnerships and leverage existing knowledge. Such investments align with the FRDC’s R&D Plan 2020-25.
It is important to acknowledge that there are a wide range of investors into climate change RD&E, including Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, CSIRO, the Australian Research Council, universities and the private sector.
Climate change impacts on fishing and aquaculture
There is evidence of a changing climate in Australia, with symptoms including increasing intensity, frequency and/or duration of extreme climate events (ECE), including flood, drought, heatwave and bushfires.
Climate Change Briefings
Alistair Hobday (CSIRO) and Claire Spillman (Bureau Of Meteorology) have presented two fisheries climate outlook briefings; the first being for July to September 2023, with the second for September to November 2023.
Fisheries Climate Briefing #1 July-Sept 2023
Fisheries Climate Briefing #2 Sept-Nov 2023
Fisheries Climate Briefing #3 (Scheduled for 8 December 2023 2-3pm AEST)
- ABC News - 07/09/2023: The Big Swing
- CottonInfo Moisture Manager
- 08/21/2023 - Outlook unchanged as Indian Ocean enters dry phase
- 07/17/2023 - Drier and warmer outlook for spring 2023
- 06/19/2023 - Drier outlook unchanged as El Niño draws closer
- CSIRO - Marine Heatwave Research
- OceanMaps - daily ocean forecasts for Australia
- Wind & Wave Forecasts - for the Australian coast
- Tide Predictions for Australia, South Pacific and Antarctica
- Climate Driver Outlook - current conditions and climate outlook
- Tropical Climate update for past fortnight over northern Australia
- Rainfall & Air Temp Outlooks - Seasonal outlooks for up to 3 months ahead
- IMOS Ocean Current - observed ocean colour, waves and sea level for Australia