Lead Agency: Dr Craig Mundy, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
End Date: 31 March 2022
Status: In Progress
Aims and Objectives:
The principal aim of this project is to determine the primary factors contributing to the seasonal decline in condition of blacklip abalone on eastern Tasmanian rocky reefs. A secondary aim is to determine the effect of sub-lethal exposure to elevated temperatures as potential cause of recruitment failure.
Specific objectives are;
- Quantify change in physiological status of abalone across seasons in relation to maximum temperature and rate of change in temperature.
- Determine whether re-conditioning of abalone is feasible prior to live export.
- Determine the effect of sub-lethal physiological response to key organism functions (growth, reproductive output).
- If time permits, use abiotic conditions (temperature, swell) as predictors of stress in population dynamic predictive models under future climate change scenarios.
Further information will be provided soon.
Featured image: Dean Lisson