Original Published Date: 
Monday, March 25, 2013

Media issued by ARC Centre for  Excellence in Coral Reef Studies         
Marine scientists from France, New Caledonia, Fiji and Australia (supported by the ARC Centre for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies) have revealed that climate change will bring both big opportunities and threats to the Pacific region, where more than 25% of GDP (gross domestic product) depends upon fishing. Impacts include  a projected decline in coral reef fish, shellfish and crustacean harvests, along with a shift in tuna feeding and breeding grounds which would result in a  'net gain' in the south and east Pacific region.