The effect of future climate change on marine molluscs

Abalone is one of the most important shellfish fisheries in Australia. Prized for export it’s a high value industry.

Consequently numbers matter. In recent research sea surface temperature is found to be a major driver of abundance patterns for two abalone species.

Taking place in Southern Australia, the study ‘Geographic range determinants of two commercially important marine molluscs‘, provides a better understanding of how geographic range, size and structures may change in response to climate change. It additionally provides a better way to explore trade-offs intrinsic in conservation planning and fishing.

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