Supporting sustainable U.S. fisheries management is
important to ecosystem health and human and economic well being. These
fisheries (commercial, recreational, and subsistence) include both wild capture
and farmed (aquaculture), and provide important contributions to the U.S.
economy. Climate change is having and will continue to have cascading effects
on all aspects of fisheries, including fish production, essential fish
habitats, fishing-dependent communities, and resource managers.
Fishery managers and scientists will need to prepare for and respond to the unavoidable effects of past, current, and projected greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to limiting the effects of non-climatic stressors such as overfishing, habitat degradation, and pollution. Traditional fisheries management tools (e.g., allowable catch, size and gear restrictions, marine protected areas, etc.) may not be sufficient to sustain fisheries in the face of the combined effects of climatic and non-climatic stressors.
There is a general lack of understanding of the complex
interactions between climatic and non-climatic stressors, their impacts on
fisheries, and the manner in which managers can approach adaptation. A strong
need exists to:
- improve understanding of climate impacts on fish
stocks and critical habitats,
- increase the capacity to apply this information
to fisheries management, and
- enhance the delivery of this information in
order to implement and sustain climate-informed fisheries management.
This project will improve understanding of the interactions between human and environmental systems by examining fisheries management in the context of climate change and ocean acidification. Through this project, we will facilitate the development of climate adaptation strategies for sustainable fisheries management and the creation of a robust network of like-minded practitioners by:
- Assessing the impacts of climatic and non-climatic stressors on fisheries;
- Appraising the needs of fishery managers seeking to address climate change;
- Facilitating the development and continued improvement of adaptation options for fisheries through surveys of climate-informed fisheries management to date;
- Creating a synthesis report and case study examples of adaptation in practice in fisheries management;
- Developing a centralized portal and network to promote and sustain these efforts; and
- Providing tools and training to support and inform managers and stakeholders on vulnerabilities and adaptation options.
Contact Project Manager, Alex Score at Alex@EcoAdapt.org.
- Fish Manager's Guide to Climate Change
Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP)