An expert from the University of Queensland says he is “shocked” by the lack of information about the impact of climate change on marine organisms.
Dr John Durnell from the Queensland Institute of Marine Sciences said he had been asked “for the first time” by a Queensland Government department “if there was any evidence of an imminent decline of the sea urchins” in Queensland.
He told ABC Radio Queensland’s Morning Report the questions came up “a couple of times”.
“The last time I asked that was almost five years ago, and the last time they’ve had any response is now.”
He said he would like to know “whether the science is robust” to predict the effect of climate changes on the marine life on the Queensland coast.
Dr Durnelle said a lack of knowledge about climate change meant scientists “are not fully up to speed on the issue”.
He added the Queensland Government needed to take action to better understand the impact the effects of climate on marine animals.
“We need to do more to educate the public and get the word out there about the fact that climate change is not a black-and-white issue,” he said.
It’s the first Australian to be named in the Royal Society’s journal of marine science, the journal said.