Thursday, June 15, 2017

Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters

As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned.

Dr Daniel Pauly says an expanding fishing industry and
 climate change are contributing to the emptying of fish species
 in the Australian tropics as they seek cooler waters.
 
The federal government is expected to release its new management plan for marine reserves in coming weeks, after a 2016 review recommended winding back protections. However Dr Daniel Pauly has called for the creation of more, saying they are the only realistic form of mitigation to the current crisis.

Pauly, principal investigator at the Sea Around Us research organisation, said it was unknown whether the “explosion” of fishing industries or global warming was having the biggest impact on fish stocks, but both needed to be addressed.

“The depth, the distance from the coast, all of these were factors which protected fish. Now we go everywhere … now nothing protects the fish,” he said during an observation tour of Darwin’s tropical harbour.

“Climate change is something that is already being perceived by fish. It’s already happening and they’re already moving,” he said.


Read The Guardian story by Helen Davidson - “Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters.”

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