The Giant Kelp Marine Forests of South East Australia is a unique ecological community that extends from the ocean floor to the ocean surface and exhibits a Ôforest-likeÕ structure with a diverse range of organisms occupying its benthic, pelagic and upper-canopy layers.
Giant Kelp Marine Forests of South East Australia
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Approved Conservation Advice for Giant Kelp Marine Forests of South East Australia
These are all driven by climate change.
Threat abatement is complex; due to the number of different threats involved and the high level nature of a threat such as climate change.
The key threats to the ecological community include increasing sea surface temperatures; changes in nutrient availability in warmer waters; changes in weather patterns and large scale oceanographic conditions; and associated range expansion of invasive species that can have a catastrophic impact on the ecological community.