Impacts of climate change on aquaculture

Collins, C.; Bresnan, E.; Brown, L.; Falconer, L.; Guilder, J.; Jones, L.; Kennerley, A.; Malham, S.; Murray, A.; Stanley, M.. 2020 Impacts of climate change on aquaculture. In: MCCIP science review 2020. Lowestoft, Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership, 482-520.

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• Aquaculture is a significant industry in UK coastal waters, with annual turnover valued at more than £1.8bn. It particularly important in western and northern Scotland. • Aquaculture is sensitive to the marine environment and changes therein. • The dominant contribution of a single species (Atlantic salmon) to production tonnage and value potentially increases vulnerability to climate change. • Temperature increase is expected to increase growth rates for most species farmed. • Increased problems associated with some diseases and parasites, notably sea lice and gill disease (which has emerged as a serious problem), are likely to increase in the short term and to get worse in the longer term. Impacts may be synergistic. • Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and jellyfish swarms/invasions may also get worse, however complex ecosystem interactions make responses uncertain. • The situation for shellfish is similar to finfish, although they are additionally at risk of accumulation of toxins from HABs, and recruitment failure, and, in the longer term, to sea-level rises and ocean acidification. • Technical and management changes in the rapidly evolving aquaculture industry make long-term impacts of climate change difficult to forecast.

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NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 27 Feb 2020 12:07 +0 (UTC)

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