Fisheries under Threat; Research Points to Climate Change Problems in the Pacific Ocean

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Byline: Marnie Johnston marnie.johnston@northernstar.com.au

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NEW research has found that projected climate change is likely to cause the core area of skipjack tuna abundance in the Pacific Ocean to move progressively eastward, while coral reef fisheries are expected to decrease by 20% by 2050.

The multi-disciplinary work, led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, brought together climate scientists, oceanographers, ecologists and economists from the Pacific, Australia and France, including a Southern Cross University researcher.

One of the co-authors of the paper, Mixed responses of tropical Pacific fisheries and aquaculture to climate change, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, is Johanna Johnson, an adjunct fellow at SCUas National Marine Science Centre based in Coffs Harbour, part of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. …