Currently in Melbourne — October 18th, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — October 18th, 2022
A mostly sunny day after a foggy morning

The weather, currently.

Mostly sunny after a foggy start

Flood news continues to dominate much of the news coverage as the north of the State braces itself for more flooding. A minor flood warning remains in place for the Yarra River, and much more serious warnings are in place for much of Northern Victoria, from Horsham in the west to Falls Creek in the east. Go to the Vic Emergency site for the latest location specific updates. Metropolitan Melbourne gets off to a foggy start and a low of 6°C today. The fog will clear to reveal a mostly sunny, lightly windy day with a top of 21°C. The UV index is high at 7; cover up if you’re heading out. Which, if you’re lucky enough to be high and dry, you should consider doing as more rain is on the way later in the week.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) announced last week that it has canceled the snow crab season for the first time in its history, due to an extreme crab population decline across the Bering Sea.

Snow crabs are cold-water species that usually sit clustered together in areas where water temperatures are below 2 degrees C (35.6 degrees F). When the water warms and sea ice gradually disappears, the ocean is no longer liveable for the crustaceans. Climate change has, of course, exacerbated these harmful conditions.

The snow crab population began to rapidly shrink in 2018, when the population fell from around 8 billion to just 1 billion by 2021, according to Benjamin Daly, a researcher with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The count in 2022 has dropped even further.

“Snow crab is by far the most abundant of all the Bering Sea crab species that is caught commercially,” Daly told CNN. “So the shock and awe of many billions missing from the population is worth noting – and that includes all the females and babies.”

Local fisheries — like Bristol Bay’s red king crab fishery, which will also be closed for the second year in a row — will inevitably be impacted.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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