How the Reef is managed
- Managing multiple uses
- Marine Monitoring Program
- Eye on the Reef program
- Water quality in the Great Barrier Reef
- Science for management
- Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef
- Recreation on the Great Barrier Reef
- Fisheries in the Marine Park
- Field Management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Managing Commonwealth Islands
- Strategic assessment and 25-year management plan
- Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report
- Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan
Threats to the Reef
- Coastal development and protecting the Great Barrier Reef
- Climate change
- How climate change is affecting the Reef
- What does this mean for species?
- Climate change impacts on microscopic organisms
- Climate change impacts on marine plants
- Climate change impacts on corals
- Climate change impacts on fish
- Climate change impacts on marine mammals
- Climate change impacts on marine reptiles
- Climate change impacts on seabirds
- Climate change impacts on seabed dwellers
- What does this mean for habitats?
- What does this mean for communities and industries?
- Adapting management to climate change
- Working with tourism operators
- Working with fishers
- Working with schools
- Declining water quality
- Extreme weather
- Remaining impacts from fishing
- Marine debris
Climate change impacts on the fishing industry
Fishing on the Great Barrier Reef is an important industry for the Queensland and Australian economies and lifestyles.
Climate related changes to the ecosystem are expected to seriously affect Reef-based fishing industries. Changes in ocean circulation, wave generation, cyclones and air and sea temperature may impact productivity with resultant effects for the fishing industry and aquaculture.
Climate change will impact the biological, economic and social aspects of many fisheries. Both positive and negative impacts are expected.
Fisheries will be impacted differently according to the physical changes in the regional environment, for example, south-east fisheries are most likely to be affected by changes in water temperature, northern fisheries by changes in precipitation, and western fisheries by changes in the Leeuwin Current.
It is likely that the biological, social and economic aspects associated with commercial and recreational fishing may be highly sensitive to climate change.
New opportunities may be created as the distribution of fish shifts southward. In addition, there is potential for adaptation measures to be employed by some sectors of industry.
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.
Current Conditions: Environmental and climatic forecasts for the Great Barrier Reef