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The main goal of this project is to understand how changes in temperature propagate through fisheries—influencing the amount and value of the fish caught—and how fisheries respond to altered economic incentives, influencing the abundance of fish. The project will employ a multidisciplinary, multi-scale approach to test an array of oceanographic, ecological, and economic hypotheses, but the main outcome will be a dynamical model to explore the impacts of temperature trends and warm events on a linked ecological-fishery-economic system.

The team includes climate scientists, oceanographers, fishery scientists, and economists from UMaine, GMRI, Stony Brook University, and NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), and NOAA’s National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

As part of its multidisciplinary approach, the project also has a dedicated education component through our LabVenture! program, which reaches 10,000 Maine fifth- and sixth-grade students each year. The researchers will work with GMRI’s education specialists to develop a hands-on experience that enables students to explore how computer models help scientists understand complex interactions among species and the environment.