THE impact of climate change on south-west Victorian fisheries and marine environments will be examined by a think tank in Warrnambool next week.
The workshop at Deakin on Timor on Monday and Tuesday is set to apply knowledge about climate change to the management of marine environments, as well as prioritise the gaps in present knowledge.
It will bring together fishing industry representatives, scientific experts and policy makers.
The Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research is hosting the event, in conjunction with Deakin University and the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority.
The think tank will look at offshore ecosystems and fisheries, along with estuaries.
It is one of only two forums to be held in regional Victoria this year.
Professor Gerry Quinn, from Deakin’s school of life and environmental sciences, said the think tank was a great opportunity to bring together commercial fishers, scientists and local policy makers to adapt policy to the impact of climate change.
Professor Quinn will present an overview of predicted changes to the south-west fisheries and aquaculture under climate change.
The recently-appointed chairman of marine science at Deakin University, Professor Graeme Hays, will discuss the impact of climate change on marine species distribution and Associate Professor Kevin O’Toole will speak about translating knowledge to policy for marine environments.
Post-doctoral research fellows Dr Adam Pope and Dr Jan Barton are talking on biological changes to estuarine environments under climate change.
Other speakers from the University of Tasmania, University of Melbourne, Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Western District Abalone Divers Association and Moyne Shire Council are covering topics including how the fisheries sector can respond to changes, estuary management options and physical changes likely to occur in the region.