Projected impacts of climate change on marine fish and fisheries

Hollowed, A.B.; Barange, M.; Beamish, R.J.; Brander, K.; Cochrane, K.; Drinkwater, K.; Foreman, M.G.G.; Hare, J.A.; Holt, J.; Ito, S.-i.; Kim, S.; King, J.R.; Loeng, H.; MacKenzie, B.R.; Mueter, F.J.; Okey, T.A.; Peck, M.A.; Radchenko, V.I.; Rice, J.C.; Schirripa, M.J.; Yatsu, A.; Yamanaka, Y.. 2013 Projected impacts of climate change on marine fish and fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 70 (5). 1023-1037.

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This paper reviews current literature on the projected effects of climate change on marine fish and shellfish, their fisheries, and fishery-dependent communities throughout the northern hemisphere. The review addresses the following issues: (i) expected impacts on ecosystem productivity and habitat quantity and quality; (ii) impacts of changes in production and habitat on marine fish and shellfish species including effects on the community species composition, spatial distributions, interactions, and vital rates of fish and shellfish; (iii) impacts on fisheries and their associated communities; (iv) implications for food security and associated changes; and (v) uncertainty and modelling skill assessment. Climate change will impact fish and shellfish, their fisheries, and fishery-dependent communities through a complex suite of linked processes. Integrated interdisciplinary research teams are forming in many regions to project these complex responses. National and international marine research organizations serve a key role in the coordination and integration of research to accelerate the production of projections of the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems and to move towards a future where relative impacts by region could be compared on a hemispheric or global level. Eight research foci were identified that will improve the projections of climate impacts on fish, fisheries, and fishery-dependent communities.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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ISSN: 1054-3139
Additional Keywords: climate change, fish, fisheries, fisheries-dependent communities, uncertainty, vulnerability assessment
Date made live: 08 Oct 2013 13:44 +0 (UTC)

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