Climate Experience:

Locals discovered a massive fish die off on Mallacoota beaches; thousands of fish were counted along with numerous sea urchins and some penguins.


  • An upwelling causes a decrease in oxygen level in the water and creates toxins, these factors can cause a kill offs.[1]
  • Changes to the East Australian Current (EAC) contributed to a stronger than usual upwelling, the EAC runs further south than it used to and is more intense.[2]
  • The East Australian Current has extended 350kms south since the 1940s.[3]


  • The EAC is expected to continue to push further south,[4]putting more fish at risk.

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* We aim to keep our material as accurate and as relevant as possible. Working with climate science, a field that is being constantly updated, keeps us on our toes. Information on this site was gathered on June 1 2019; if you notice information that needs updating please let us know. For the full reference list please see the following.


[1]“Mallacoota fish death investigation,” Victorian Fisheries Authority, access April 29, 2019,

[2]“Things warm up as the East Australian Current heads south,” The Conversation, published November 21, 2014,

[3]“Tropical fish head south for a feast,” Climate Watch, published August 7, 2014,

[4]Vergés et al., “The Tropicalization of Temperate Marine Ecosystems: Climate-Mediated Changes in Herbivory and Community Phase Shifts.”8.