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Climate change risks and adaptation options across Australian seafood supply chains - A preliminary assessment

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Fleming, A and Hobday, AJ and Farmery, A and Van Putten, IE and Pecl, GT and Green, BS and Lim-Camacho, L (2014) Climate change risks and adaptation options across Australian seafood supply chains - A preliminary assessment. Climate change risks and adaptation options across Australian seafood supply chains - A preliminary assessment, 1. pp. 39-50. ISSN 2212-0963

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Abstract

Climate change is already impacting the biology of the oceans and some dependent industries
are in turn responding to these impacts. The development of response options for
users of marine resources, such as fishers, is important in guiding adaptation efforts. However,
harvesting fish is only the first step in a supply chain that delivers seafood to consumers.
Impacts higher up the chain have seldom been considered in fisheries-climate research
yet an understanding of these impacts and how climate risks and adaptation information
are interpreted and used by stakeholders across the chain is vital for developing viable
and sustainable adaptation options. We examined stakeholder perceptions of points where
climate change impacts and adaptations currently occur, or may occur in the future, across
the supply chains of several Australian fisheries (southern rock lobster, tropical rock lobster,
prawn) and aquaculture sectors (oyster, aquaculture prawn). We found that climate
change impacts are well understood at the harvest stage and there is evidence of potential
impacts and disruption to supply chains. Yet, there currently is no strong driver for change
higher up the chain. Holistic adaptation planning along the supply chain, underpinned by
targeted information and policy for the catch, processing and distribution, and marketing
phases is needed. This effort is needed now, as some adaptation options have long lead
times, and a delay in adaptation planning may limit future options. Given potential lead
times and associated uncertainty, a risk-based approach is recommended with regard to
adaptation planning for Australia’s seafood sector.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Behavioural change, Climate impacts, Barriers, Aquaculture
Journal or Publication Title: Climate change risks and adaptation options across Australian seafood supply chains - A preliminary assessment
Page Range: pp. 39-50
ISSN: 2212-0963
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/l.crm.2013.12.003
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Copyright 2014 Elsevier

Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 04:27
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:59
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