Adapting to ecosystem change in the Shark Bay World Heritage Site
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To address the questions:
- “Is our current understanding of the Shark Bay marine ecosystem, its productivity, and how it responds to the current stressors and future climate change, adequate?” and
- “Are our science, assessment tools and management settings still appropriate?”
- To undertake an information update and gap analysis to provide the basis for development of integrated research and management programs that informs key economic, social and ecological considerations associated with the Shark Bay marine ecosystem.
- To develop the capability to provide advice in relation to future environmental change for business and policy makers in the Shark Bay/Gascoyne region.
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A previous workshop and resulting publication focused on Shark Bay recommended a coordinated multi-institutional and multi-discipline approach to research (Kendrick et al. 2012). However, five years on there is little evidence of such a coordinated approach to research.
Given the changes that have already occurred and the scale of predicted further changes, a better understanding of the drivers of environmental changes on productivity is a critical step in being able to predict the ecological resilience of Shark Bay and adopt appropriate management strategies to minimise the impacts of environmental variations on natural resources and the industries that depend on them.