National Marine Science Committee – News Item 

On 6 December 2017, the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications tabled the Report from its ‘Current and future impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity’ Inquiry. The Committee members included Senators Peter Whish-Wilson, Jonathon Dunium, Linda Reynolds, Anthy Chisholm, Sam Dastyari, and Anne Urquhart.

This inquiry sought to investigate the impact of climate change in the marine environment including the effect on fish stocks, marine biodiversity and ecosystems and the adequacy of protections for marine biodiversity and biosecurity measures and monitoring systems given current and projected climate change impacts.

The Senate Committee received submissions from many members of the National Marine Science Committee, with many of our members attending the public hearings in Sydney, Canberra, Cairns, Townsville and Hobart. 

The report ‘In hot water: the impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity’ gave numerous recommendations, including: a commitment to allocating long-term funding for climate monitoring, such as the Integrated Marine Observing System; increasing the RV Investigator’s number of days at sea per year; increased connections between the fishing and aquaculture industry and research organisation to help industry adjust to climate change; and the exploration of innovative methods to capture recreational fishing data.

The report can be found here: