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Climate Adaptation

The Gulf of Maine has been warming quickly, and rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere mean that the Gulf will be even warmer in the future. This warming is driving changes in precipitation patterns, species distribution, storm frequency, and ocean acidity.

GMRI scientists are working hard to understand how the physical changes over the last few decades have impacted the ecosystem. We have seen shifts in the timing and composition of key zooplankton species, changes in when and where key commercial species are caught, declines of cold water species, and an influx of southerly species like black sea bass into the Gulf.

We integrate research from many different disciplines to develop solutions that allow fisheries, fisheries management, and fishing communities to become more resilient in the face of changing ocean conditions.

Recent Climate Adaptation Projects

Crafting Guidance for Adapting to Shifting Fish Populations
Climate Adaptation
Climate change is altering the distribution of marine species, causing many to shift away from traditional fishing grounds. When a stock shifts, managers must...
Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment
Climate Adaptation
Marine waters of the Northeast Shelf have warmed over the past 30 years, with particularly rapid warming in the past decade; as a result, fisheries in the...
Gulf of Maine Lobster Forecasting
Climate Adaptation
Project Overview We are forecasting the timing of when the Maine lobster fishery will shift into its high-landings mode for the summer. Our goal is to provide...