Our fisheries in 2050

From Fish magazine, November 2018:

The fishing industry is no stranger to seasonality. Fish migrate, invertebrates spawn or moult at varying times of year, and larger meteorological forces such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation change how, where and in what numbers fish and seafood can be harvested. But the changes now being seen in many of Australia’s most significant fisheries are something different. Some stocks are declining despite strict harvest limits, and species are turning up in places that used to be well beyond their comfort zones.

“After more than a decade of having last considered climate change effects on our fisheries we decided it was time to revisit its importance,” says Nick Rayns, executive manager of fisheries management at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).

“And it was only then that we realised climate may be playing a more significant role in our fisheries; it wasn’t just about how much fish the fishing industry was taking out of the water,” he says. Read more.

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