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Our Changing Climate

ONLY THREE THINGS ARE CERTAIN in life – death, taxes and [climate] change.

Head to the pub, grab a beer and tune in to a live panel of experts, with MC Amy Hetherington, as they discuss the Top End’s changing climate and what it means to our coasts and fisho lifestyle.

Professor Lindsay Hutley has been leading research into the 2016 mangrove dieback, which left a 100km long graveyard in the Gulf.

Rik Buckworth, a fisheries scientist, will talk about the impact on our fishing lifestyle and Rachel Groom, Chair of the NT Australia Marine Sciences Association, will discuss the impacts on our turtles.

Marine Campaign Manager, Adele Pedder, says change needs to be imminent to ensure the future of our coasts.

“Threats to the health of our Top End coasts are on the increase and we are seeing signs of decline. Pollution, industrial development, proposals to dam our rivers, and climate change, to name a few, are taking their toll,” she said.

“Territory mud crabs all but disappeared during a recent marine heatwave event. Mud crabs have also been shown to be moving south to avoid warming waters. In Darwin Harbour, our mangroves are drowning due to sea level rise. 

"Barra fishers are saying that the fish are becoming less active in warming waters and therefore less available. These impacts, and more, will have devastating affects on our fishing and marine based tourism if we don't act now.”

So, if you’re passionate about the environment and want to know what you can do to help, head along to Darwin Railway Club for a beer and a yarn with those in the know. 


Image: Steve Barrett views dead mangroves. James Sherwood, Bluebottle Films.

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