Climate change will increasingly impact upon Australian fisheries and aquaculture over coming decades. A National Approach to Addressing Marine Biodiversity Decline, endorsed by the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council in April 2008, recognises climate change as one of five key broad-scale threats to marine biodiversity. Changes to environmental variables such as ocean temperature, currents, winds, nutrient supply, rainfall, ocean chemistry and extreme weather conditions are likely to have significant impacts on marine ecosystems. As a result, climate change will pose challenges and present opportunities to the industries that rely on the marine environment.
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