Climate change: underwater forest decline

Serisawa Y., Imoto Z., Ishikawa T. & Ohno M. (2004) Decline of the Ecklonia cava population associated with increased seawater temperatures in Tosa Bay, southern Japan. Fish Sci 70, 189-91.

Aim: 
To assess changes in (i) abundance of the kelp Ecklonia cava, (ii) abalone catches/ generated income and seawater temperature in Tosa Bay (southern Japan) between 1991-2001
Type of Study: 
Surveys/ review
Key Results: 
Local disappearance of Ecklonia cava after 2000. Simultaneous collapose of associated abalone fishery and rise in SST
Treatments: 
n/a
Response: 
Increased monitoring of remaining marginal kelp beds
Models: 
Anecdotal/ from literature
Reviewer: 
Adriana Vergés
Locations: 
Tei (Kochi), southern Japan
Response variable : 
Presence/ absence of kelp, abalone annual catch, sea surface temperature
Replication: 
Variable
Ecosystem: 
Temperate reef
Full Reference: 
Serisawa Y., Imoto Z., Ishikawa T. & Ohno M. (2004) Decline of the Ecklonia cava population associated with increased seawater temperatures in Tosa Bay, southern Japan. Fish Sci 70, 189-91.