Future proofing kelp forests

Melinda Coleman

Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries National Marine Science Centre, New South Wales, Australia.


Climate change is causing widespread habitat deterioration and destruction and presents one of the biggest threats to species and global ecological function. Underwater kelp forests underpin fisheries and vast economic values on temperate coasts but are declining due to climate change. There is an urgent need to develop novel and proactive solutions to combat, reverse and prevent this habitat loss. I will discuss how genomic data is providing the evidence we need to assess vulnerability of kelp forests and “future-proof” management under climate change.