Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says dire research published today in the Science journal shows accelerated ocean warming and is yet another frightening wake-up call to the Morrison Government and big business to get serious about climate change and the harsh impact it is having on Australia’s oceans.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Global warming is driving dramatic change throughout Australia’s oceans and is having an enormous impact on our marine life and livelihoods. The longer governments and big business keep their blinkers on and continue to be blatantly ignorant, the more our oceans and precious marine life are put at serious risk.
“Just yesterday the Bureau of Meteorology released their Annual Climate Statement showing last year was the third-warmest year on record for Australia. It is just too serious, and too real, to continue to ignore and it’s happening all over our country.
“In my beautiful home state of Tasmania we have experienced shocking events such as the loss of Tasmania’s giant 30-metre kelp forests, the death of over one million salmon in Macquarie Harbour and watched as the home of Tasmania’s rock lobster dissolved into urchin barrens. All of these devastating events can be linked to climate change and ocean warming.
“Our oceans have become the canary in the coalmine for the planet and climate change. If we don’t act now, we risk losing everything.”
Senator Whish-Wilson chaired a 2017 Senate inquiry into the impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity and has also instigated a number of inquiries related to marine issues, including the Great Barrier Reef, salmon farming, the Southern Ocean and Antarctic waters, and marine plastics.
The research published today in the Science journal can be found here.