Climate Resilient Fisheries

Ensuring the resilience of fisheries in the face of climate change

This project investigates the key features that support fisheries’ resilience to climate change impacts, and how these features are recognized and enhanced in marine fishery management systems. We will synthesize interdisciplinary information to develop guidance on approaches, processes, and tools that can help operationalize resilience in fisheries around the world.

Project Goals:

  • Provide a consensus view of the key features connected to climate-resilient fisheries.
  • Develop a decision-making support tool to help managers identify resilience capacities and needs.
  • Work with fishery management leaders to tailor our results for global, national, and regional applications in a variety of fisheries.

Marine fisheries provide income, jobs, and nutrition for millions of people, but impacts of climate change are altering the productivity and distribution of fish stocks and the flows of benefits from fisheries. In this context of increasing change and uncertainty, effective fishery management systems need to be designed to support resilience.

Our approach:

Our team will identify features of fisheries that support resilience in the context of climate change by studying experiences and data from around the world. We will also analyze case studies to evaluate the benefits of resiliency features in fisheries that have already experienced and responded to climate impacts. Ultimately, we will develop a tool to help managers assess and enhance resilience in a wide variety of fisheries.

This team is part of a cohort funded by the generosity of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to address the theme of Oceans, Climate and Equity.

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