Youngcare benefits from Blonde steer

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CHARITY STEER: The outstanding Blonde Aquitaine that will to be auctioned in aid of Youngcare. MERINGANDAN butchers Wayne and Belinda Hess and family are supportingtoday’sYoungcare Ribs andRed luncheon in Brisbane by donating a pure Blonde Aquitaine steer that will to be auctioned in aidof the celebratedcharity for young people with high needs.
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Thedonation has been supported by Maclagan Meats which hasprocessed the steer and Daryl’s Transport which transported the carcaseto Hesslands Butchery at Meringandan.

Wayne and the Hesslands Butchery team will cut up the steer to the purchaser’s individual requirements.

The steer from the Hess’sWaite-A-Wyle Blonde D Aquitaine stud was selected on its high yield, lean tender beef and most of all eating quality.

Hesslands Butchery is well known acrossthe Darling Downs for its quality meat and high level of service customers both in the store, private cut ups and many restaurants supplied from their store during the past 12 years.

The Hess family show both stud cattle and led steers at local shows and at the Ekka. This year the family has a major success with a half-brother to the charitysteer.It was named the reserve champion at Beef 2015 in Rockhamptonunder the expert eye of Terry Nolan fromNolans Meats.

Belinda was also one of the organisers of the RNA Youngcare charity steer competition from 2007 to 2010.

“The steerrepresents a greatopportunity to purchase a quality product and make change to quality of life to many young Australians living with high care needs,” Wayne said.

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Bumper chickpea crop quality clipped

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BUMPY ROAD: Rain at the end of the week will set the fortunes of the chickpea crop in the North West of the state.
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THE North West’s huge chickpea crop could suffer significant downgrades if forecast rain for the end of this week eventuates.

Some crops have already been hit hard by hail damage but the impact from rain won’t be realised until headers roll through paddocks.

Penagcon agronomist Drew Penberthy, Bellata, said cropswere downgraded each time it rained.

Harvest was stopped in his area which received more than 100 millimetres in November, with rain on almost every other day.

Mr Penberthy said the precipitation could create brittle seeds and affect colour which would downgrade crops that already had yield estimates lowered due to last month’s hot weather.

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Country club fails in quest for a saviour

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THE embattledMount Beauty Country Club is unlikely to reopen after an unsuccessful search for a new operator.
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The venue, Mount Beauty’sonly poker machines site,has been shut and in administration since July.

Doors set to stay shut: The Mount Beauty Country Club is not expected to reopen following financial woes which saw it stop trading earlier this year.

The club’s administrator Chris Chamberlain said there was an $800,000 black hole with creditors largely linked to the Victorian Government and the operation of the 19 poker machines.

“It’s not looking rosy as we speak,” Mr Chamberlain said.

“It’s highly unlikely at this stage (it will reopen).

“I think time has moved on –one of the big imposts was that the number of pokies didn’t make it a sustainable and viable operation.”

Mr Chamberlain said an oversupply of poker machines in Victoria meant there was little value in their licences.

“They’re not worth a great deal, you would be lucky to get $2000 a licence,” he said.

Mr Chamberlain said he was hoping to sell the site after having received inquiries and was considering holding an auction.

“I would be pushing to try to have it wrapped up by the end of the year,” he said.

The closure has hit theMount Beauty Bowls Club which has been unable to use its rink for pennant games this season due tono access to the country club.

Club secretary Bob Joyner said the 32 members were continuing to practice at the rink twice a week but were fearful about their fate.

He said two members had already moved to Tawonga Bowls Club because of the uncertainty at Mount Beauty.

Mr Joyner said the club was hopeful there would be a new buyer with whom it could negotiate an arrangement to continue.

A shed at the club contains$30,000 worth of machinery which is used forthe bowlers.

Kiewa Valley-based Alpine Shire councillor Peter Roper said the fate of the bowling club was generating more interest than the prospect of Mount Beauty being left without poker machines.

Mr Chamberlain said the club’s 700 members had been kept informed of his progress in administering the business, but there had largely been a “very quiet” reaction.

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Local produce is nothing to wine about

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COME ON DOWN: Michelle Kerr, co-ordinator of Wines of Bathurst, invites everyone to come down to the library forecourt today to try some of the delicious local foods and wine on offer in the region. 111215pwine
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To celebrate new vintages, awards and a great year, Wines of Bathurst are today hosting a Wine by the Book – Taste of Bathurst food and wine gathering at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and library forecourt.

A selection of producers representing local food and wine groups will be there with their wares from 10am-2pm.

Wines of Bathurst has invited Rotary Bathurst to add an additional element for the winetasting crowd by offering chicken kebabs and gluten free sausages.

Wines of Bathurst co-ordinator Michelle Kerr said there will be something for everyone, including the driver, with 2 Green Bottles offering a great non-alcoholic beer for sale.

“Wines of Bathurst are again spearheading an initiative to increase awareness; think, search, buy, gift, share local,” Ms Kerr said.

“Inland centres are in an unique position since the abundance of handmade, boutique product produced and accepted into the community is ever increasing.

“To promote a ‘buy local’ mentality is crucial for a tighter sense of community pride. People know the product they are supporting is from within a 50-kilometre radius.

“Wines of Bathurst would love to see more local licensed premises integrate and highlight local wines, by glass and bottle, and essentially take up the initiative and ‘take a local home for dinner’,” Ms Kerr said.

The Wines of Bathurst brand is at its strongest with a record turnout for the recent National Cool Climate Wine Show public tasting night.

Local vineyards and winemakers also turned wine into gold medals at recent national and state wine awards.

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$100M contract for Riverstone business

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LEADING THE PACK: Brolton Group managing director Ben Lynch at his workshop in Riverstone. Photo: Geoff Jones.
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A $100 million business deal has put Riverstone based company Brolton Group on the map, beating international competition for the contract to expand and upgrade Hanson’s Bass Point Quarry.

Brolton Group is a multi-disciplined engineering solutions provider lead by Ben Lynch who grew his business out of his workshop in Riverstone.

The $100 million expansion will allow Hanson to increase production of aggregate supplies for the construction industryfrom 1.5 million tofour million tonnesper year.

It is also the largest contract Mr Lynch has won, which is expected to generate 150 new jobs throughout the course of the project.

“The new facility will provide a considerable increase in terms of process efficiency and throughput,” Mr Lynch said.

With 70 people employed at the existing facility, the increase in production will see a number of new jobs.

“A project of this magnitude provides a huge opportunity for Australians in terms of employment opportunities,” Mr Lynch said.

“Selecting a local business will not only aid in boosting the local economy throughout the duration of the project, it will see more permanent opportunities arise.”

Since opening in 2002, Brolton Group has grown to a team of 50 staff and now also has offices in Brisbane and Perth.

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Police release footage of Tolland servo hold-up

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Police release footage of Tolland servo hold-up Composite image of two men police wish to speak with in regards to an armed robbery on a Tolland service station earlier this week.
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TweetFacebookA second man then approaches the doors, ushering in an attendant who was outside cleaning windows.

The second man, who is clad in light pants, a dark zip-up hoodie with blue cuffs and zips andcarries a backpack, has covered the lower half of his face with a dark cloth. He also has on a snapback hat, with a bright pattern on the brim,underneath his hood.

One of the men was armed with a firearm and the other with a knife, police said.

The attendant was threatened by the assailants, who made off with cash, cigarettes and drinks. It is unknown if they left in a vehicle or on foot.

HOLD UP: Police have released CCTV footage of two people who could aid in the investigation of a Tolland service station hold-up earlier this week

The attendant was uninjured in the incident.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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The power of US college football

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In this September 21, 2013 photo, Missouri’s Michael Sam (52) sings the school song after Missouri defeated Indiana in an NCAA college football game in Bloomington (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File) Concerned Student 1950, led by University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler, second from right, speaks following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Wolfe resigned Monday with the football team and others on campus in open revolt over his handling of racial tensions at the school. (AP Photo by Sarah Bell/Missourian)
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University of Missouri system President Tim Wolfe announces his resignation from office.

Pressure on former University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe to resign was coming from all sides, but the pressure that mattered the most came from the Tigers, the University of Missouri football team. When 30 African-Americans players, announced their refusal to play another game until Wolfe resigned, the clock began ticking.

When the players’ white coach, Gary Pinkel, announced his full support for the boycott, Wolfe was finished. That Pinkel would risk his job to support his players over the administration that hired him, indicates how powerful the tide against Wolfe had become. While the protesters on Carnahan Quad have drawn most of the media attention, its the simple act of refusing to play a game that made the difference. In the University of Missouri football team, BlackLivesMatter found their most powerful ally to date.

College football is big business in the United States. In 2012 the top ten college football programs generated revenues of $800 million. The national championship game in January of this year attracted 27 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in the history of cable television. ESPN paid colleges $7.3 billion for the broadcast rights to their football games, with competing networks CBS, NBC and Fox also writing big checks to show college games. Football is also big business at the University of Missouri, where it generated over $14 million in 2014 alone.

While an outsider might think a college football coach would be no threat to a university president, consider that Wolfe’s salary was $459,000. Gary Pinkel’s salary is over $4 million. Indeed the only people in this business who don’t make any money are the players.

While this was not the first time college athletes have protested against their schools, this particular protest was distinguished by the swift and complete surrender of its target. The reason for such a quick and total victory is that this protest posted a serious and immediate economic threat to the university.

The University of Missouri Tigers are scheduled to host the Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday and will pay the Cougars a $250,000 visitor’s fee. In return, the University of Missouri earns significantly more than that in sales of tickets, concessions and apparel bought at the game.

If the game had to be cancelled, Mizzou, as the University of Missouri is often called, would owe Brigham Young a fee of $1 million. That $750,000 difference, when added to the revenue lost by all those unsold tickets, concessions and apparel, made the need for Wolfe to step aside, apart from any ethical considerations, an economic imperative.

For the players, concern for the health of African-American Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler, who began a hunger strike until Wolfe resigned, was crucial. For the success of the movement to remove Wolfe as university president, the football team was crucial. Shari Gaston, a 20-year-old linguistics student at the University of Missouri, told The Daily Beast she was pleased and surprised at how quickly the protesters had won — and she knew who to credit for the victory.

“It’s sad to say, but when the football team said that we’re standing with (Butler) on this. It’s amazing, because they knew that if they were to stop doing anything then change would start happening immediately. Football is Mizzou.”

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Locals will unite against DV

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Inspire change: Kooralbyn’s Sharon Turner is behind inaugural Beaudesert event Inspire, which is to raise money and awareness against domestic and family violence.RAISING awareness and funds to stem domestic violence is the point of a new Beaudesert community event.
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Live comedy and music eventInspirewill go from 2pm to 6pm November 28 at The Centre in Beaudesert.

Kooralbyn mother-of-twoSharon Turner, herself a survivor of domestic violence, is organising Inspire.

Ms Turner, 44, who is studying social work at university, wants to help the community make a difference.

Money will go to Beaudesert family and youth support service the Mununjali Jymbi Centre and anti domestic violence campaign groupWhite Ribbon.

Ms Turner said the issue was everyone’s business and it was up to society to make a change.

“Everybody knows somebody who’s in a domestically violent relationship, if not directly themselves within their network,” she said.

“Ultimately I don’t want my kids and their kids to have to deal with domestic and family violence, and as a society we can change it.”

Inspire will includeperformances from comedians Chris Begg and Steven J Whiteley and musician Andy Crilly andMs Turner will give a short talk about recognising the warning signs of domestic violence.

Trivia, prizesand a mini auction will also be part of the event, which is open to people 18 and older.

Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for two people.

For more informationphone The Centre on 5540 5050,visit 梧桐夜网liveatthecentre南京夜网419论坛or the Inspire Facebook page.

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BOWLS: Woods wins consistency singles

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This week only six social players along with the finals of the consistency singles played between Rosalie Woods and Barbara Lincoln.
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A very closely fought game with Rosalie coming out the winner. Congratulations Rosalie.

Next Tuesday will be the President’s team versus the Secretary’s team.

It was decided that everyone take something along to participate in a shared lunch as bowls draws to a close for 2015.

Our Christmas party this year, combined with the presentation of trophies for 2015, will be held on December 1 at the bowling club. Midday for a 12.30pm lunch.

The same format as last year when an extra $5 for raffle tickets was paid in lieu of exchanging gifts.

Starting date for bowls in 2016 is Tuesday February 2 and as from that date we hope to play both Tuesdays and Saturday mornings in order that we may entice some of the working women to take up bowls and who are unable to play on Tuesdays.

Morning tea girls for next Tuesday Pat Young and Beverley Shields.

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Local generosity comes to the fore

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1990 VISITORS: League legends Les Davidson and Paul Sironen with local league fans Chris Brown and Brendon Savage. lm111415siro
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GUEST of honour at the Lithgow Tradies Golf Day was Balmain, New South Wales and Australian second rower Paul Sironen who also acted as master of ceremonies for the auction at the Lithgow Golf Club.

It is not the first time that the big forward has visited Lithgow, but has visited various charities and clinics over the years in the district.

Back in 1990, Sironen, Souths’ Les Davidson and Mark Ellison along with Balmain and later Group 10 rep James Grant made up the coaching panel at a rugby league clinic held at the Newnes Recreation Camp.

A lot of today’s NRL league players take time out of their busy schedules to be involved with clinics and also visit hospitals and attend charities.

Lithgow has always been known as extremely generous and this was shown again when sponsors for the Tradies Golf Day gave their support.

All money raised will be presented to the Lithgow Community Transport who do such a great job ferrying cancer sufferers and their family back and forth for treatment.

Sponsors for the golf day were CFMEU, Frank Capomolla Concrete and Excavations, MI Formwork and Concrete, Ron Evans Painting, Joe Inzitari Electrical, GB Building, GBH Building, Dean Horton Building, Carpet One Lithgow, Stramit, Lithgow Workmens Club, Tree View Estate, LJ Hooker Lithgow, Grand Central Hotel, Harvey Norman Lithgow, Dobsoni Building, Mark Water Plumbing, Panthers Leagues Club Bathurst, Centennial Coal, Gracey Earthmoving, Inzitari Road House, Bunnings, Tradelink, TLE, Dulux, Hanson Concrete, GoodEarth, Timberfix, Franks Tanks, Eves Creations, Zig Zag Motel, Lithgow City Holden, Mark O’Toole Electrical, Stihl, Sports Power Lithgow, Mountain Stone Design, Lithgow Landscape and Produce and Bianca Villa.

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Longest serving Booral worker clocks up 50 years

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Booral’s Wayne Blows has clocked up 50 years of service on Great Lakes Council.While some people struggle to last a few years in any one job, Wayne Blows has clocked up 50.
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The Great Lakes Council employee started working for the then Stroud Council when he was only 15.

His parents were running a dairy farm on the family property at Booral but were doing it tough, so Wayne left school to help them.

“They couldn’t afford to pay me so I looked around for a job and could get an immediate start on council,” the 67-year-old said.

“I would go to work and help out when I got home and on weekends.

“I started at Tea Gardens with a napping hammer breaking up rocks on the road.

“I then went to Hawks Nest where there were only two streets in the town, the rest were gravel.

“Workers camped on site during the week and went home on weekends.

“Stroud Shire was really big back then before the main office was built in Forster and I worked all over the place.

“One of my jobs was to build bush fences at Lighthouse Beach.

“I was told it would be a two-week job but I was there for 18 months.”

Wayne said it was quite back-breaking working but there have been so many changes over the years to make it better.

“There were no backhoes, you had to dig the roads up with picks and maddocks. And that was before jackhammers were made.

“We had to load the gravel trucks with shovels, there were no loaders back then.

“I’ve seen hundreds of workers come and go . . . Some have been great but I’ve seen a few scoundrels too.”

Wayne came very close to giving up work in 2011 when his wife Alison passed away from cancer.

“We had been together for a long, long time and I felt really lonely . . .It was hard coming home to an empty house.

“I thought if I gave up work it would be even worse, so decided to keep going.

“I am contemplating retirement in March next year when the pool closes.

“I look after the pool during the summer months and I wouldn’t let them down so would see the season out.

“It’s not definite yet, but that’s what I am thinking about.”

Wayne is the longest serving employee of Great Lakes Council.

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Former council executive in mayoral race

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REDLAND City Mayor Karen Williams finally has an opponent for the March 19 election.
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Redland Bay father of two Greg Underwood, 61, has decided to run for the city’s top position.

Mr Underwood was Redland council’s general manager for planning from 2005 to 2011.

He was also the city’s chief executive for four months in 2010 a temporary “fill-in” role but did not want the position full time and was happy to return to the Strategic Planning department.

Former general manager at Redland City Council Greg Underwood will run for mayor at the March 19 election.

He moved to the state government planning department after the council restructured andhis contract was not renewed.

His anti political donation stance will force him to fund his own campaign which he said he launched in an effort to “return balance” to decisions made about development applications.

The catalyst for him to leap the divide from bureaucracy and join the political fray was an October council decision to relax rules protecting koala trees on a block of land at Muller Street, Redland Bay.

The decision made way for a higher-density residential sub-division.

“I’ve had a lot of people talk to me over the past 12 months regarding decision making saying they weren’t happy with the decisions that they thought they were loaded to go with the developer rather than the community interest,” he said.

“I met with council officers and Julie (Talty) on that issue and they really just didn’t want to know about putting conditions on the development.

“As someone who has been putting conditions on development for 40 years, you always try to get the best outcome for the community by putting reasonable conditions on.

“The development needed to go ahead but they just didn’t seem prepared to get the best community outcome and that’s been voiced to me in the past over other decisions.”

If elected, Mr Underwood said he would work to ensure vested interest groups – whether greenies or developers – got balanced not favourable treatment.

He said it was unfair on ratepayers that the mayor was not in the chambers during debate or voting for many important decisions due to conflict of interest after accepting donations.

Reticent about making promises, Mr Underwood said if elected, his first actions would be to review the 2017-18 budget and then scrutinise any changes made to the new planning scheme.

“I’m concerned about what the new planning scheme might bring with this council and they are considering this at the moment,” he said.

“I’m not against development, I just think we need to be tailoring development into the right locations and not just arbitrarily saying all urban residential development is good because it’s not for Redlands.”

A vocal advocate for the Toondah Harbour project, Mr Underwood said he had played a role in getting the city to buy some of the foreshore land to safeguard it for public use.

He said the only urban development outside the current planning scheme that he would support was a technology or learning precinct.

He said he would have liked to have seen all blocks at Shoreline larger than 600sqm for the 4000-dwelling project.

“I’m not in favour of expanding the urban footprint for housing but I am realistic about previous approvals,” he said.

“If, for example, Shoreline is not approved, I will work with the council and the developer to moderate the design and, in particular the medium/high density aspects and small-lot content east of serpentine Road,” he said.

Cr Williams, a first-term mayor, won the 2012 election in a landslide, defeating her opponent Melva Hobson with a 20 per cent margin.

Cr Williams congratulated Mr Underwood for standing for mayor and urged him to discuss his plans withresidents.

“My administration has delivered the firstsurplus operating budgets in over 15 years while at the same time delivering the lowest rate increases in south-east Queensland, abolishing tip fees, reducing debt and working to deliver landmark, job creating projects like Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

“We’ve done all these things while ensuring council is open and accountable to Redland residents.

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Seafood hit by climate change, study finds

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The higher up the food chain, the more likely fish will do poorly under climate change, Photo: CSIRO Marine ResearchMajor new ‘floodgate’ of ice opensA global marine food chain collapse due to greenhouse gas emissions could hit many popular eating fish, an Australian study has found.
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Warmer waters, coupled with ocean acidification, mean that the higher a fish is up the food chain, the more imperilled it would be.

“They will need more food, but less food will be available – and these are the fish that we like to eat,” said University of Adelaide marine ecologist Ivan Nagelkerken​.

“There will be a species collapse from the top of the food chain down.”

The oceans have taken up about one third of all the world’s increased carbon dioxide emissions since 1750, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In the upper 75 metres of the ocean, the global average temperature has warmed by 0.11 degree celsius per decade over the past 40 years, the IPCC says.

Meanwhile the World Meteorological Organisation says carbon dioxide input is increasing ocean acidity at a rate unprecedented in 300 million years – amounting tofour kilograms of carbon dioxide per day, per person.

Tuna catches may be fewer under climate change. Photo: CSIRO Marine Research

Associate Professor Nagelkerken’s analysis, published on Tuesday in theProceedings of the National Academy of Science, draws together the results of 632 experiments on the direction and magnitude of ecological change forced by greenhouse gases.

The work, with fellow University of Adelaide marine ecologist Sean Connell, is aimed at filling a knowledge gap on how climate change will more broadly affect the marine environment.

Associate Professor Nagelkerken found that only the smallest plankton was likely to benefit from warmer waters.

Ocean acidification meant secondary production of zooplankton and smaller fish would not follow plankton’s food gains.Instead warmer waters would raise these fishes’ metabolism, the rate at which they burn calories, and therefore increase their demand for food.

the costs of this mis-match would rise up the food chain, with much less food available for carnivores such as the tuna, sharks and gropers upon which industrial fishing relies,Associate ProfessorNagelkerken said.

The analysis also showed that species limited to specific habitats, such as corals, oysters and mussels, would be able to deal only poorly with climate change.

“The future simplification of our oceans has profound consequences for our current way of life, particularly for coastal populations and those that rely on oceans for food and trade,” he said.

One way to help manage the problem was to limit other stressors on marine life.

“If we reduce over-fishing we provide potential opportunities for species to better cope with climate change,” he said.

Around 61 per cent of wild fish stocks are “fully fished” and 29 per cent “over-fished”, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. Just 10 per cent are under-fished, the organisation’s 2014 World Fisheries report said.

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