31 Jul 2021

Climate change migration of Tuna threatening Pacific economies

From , 6:02 am on 31 July 2021

Tuna dependent Pacific economies are being threatened by climate change induced ocean warming which is pushing tuna populations eastwards and out of their waters.

This is according to a new collaborative study by Conservation International and a consortium of technical agencies including The Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Parties to the Nauru Agreement Office (PNAO), the University of Wollongong and their partners.

The study found that contrary to previous predictions the migration might already have begun and that all of the affected Pacific countries stand to lose.

In this first of a multi-part series I am joined by a panel of experts from some of the collaborating organisations. Kia ora and welcome everyone I will let you introduce yourselves.

A school of yellow fin tuna encircled by a net

Yellowfin tuna inside a purse seine net Photo: Supplied / SPC