RESPONDING TO OCEAN WARMING IN WA
An initiative for a research, biosecurity and adaptation response
Warmer oceans can have a devastating economic and environmental cost.
Increasing shark presence, mass fish deaths, invasive species and coral bleaching off Rottnest are just some of the incidents being put down to ocean warming.
The unusually warm ocean in 2011 of the WA coast (dubbed the Ningaloo Nina heatwave) resulted in severe fish mortality, disruption of ecological processes, and species migration. This event triggered some follow up research and action, however, Minister Moore and the Liberal Government have tried to write off the warming of Western Australia’s oceans by hoping it was an aberration and WA is underprepared for a warmer future.
The Greens know that climate change and warmer oceans will have profound implications for the management of our marine environment and resources.