Climate Change and California Fisheries

A working group to explore impacts of climate change on fish stocks and associated fishing communities in California

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Readying California Fisheries for Climate Change

projectpic-1A scientific guidance document developed by California Ocean Science Trust and the Climate Change and Fisheries Working Group of the OPC Science Advisory Team

OVERVIEW

California fisheries are at risk from a variety of impacts including a changing climate. The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) provided funding to Ocean Science Trust to convene an interdisciplinary OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) working group to provide guidance to the state on the potential impacts of climate change on fisheries as well as deliver science-based approaches to manage these impacts.

SCOPE AND PURPOSE

Project timeline: January 2016 – February 2017

The working group, which includes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the Fish and Game Commission (FGC), will develop guidance to consider climate change in the sustainable management of California fisheries. This guidance will serve as a resource to state managers and inform the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan, which is currently in the process of being amended.

OUTPUTS

Scientific Guidance Document: Readying California Fisheries for Climate Change

  • Synthesizes the current understanding of climate change impacts on fisheries (state-managed fish and invertebrate stocks and associated fishing communities)
  • Identifies four future climate change scenarios
  • Presents a suite of management approaches that could be adopted by state managers to prepare for climate change

 

OPC-SAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND FISHERIES WORKING GROUP MEMBERS

Francisco Chavez (co-lead), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Chris Costello (co-lead), University of California, Santa Barbara

Barry Wayne McCovey Jr., Yurok Tribe Fisheries Program

Holly Doremus, University of California, Berkeley

Carrie Pomeroy, California Sea Grant, UCSD & UCSC

Madeleine Hall-Arber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nathan Mantua, NOAA/NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Bill Sydeman, Farallon Institute  

Debbie Aseltine-Neilson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

John Field, NOAA/NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Steve Gaines, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ocean Science Trust leads: Leila Sievanen, Sarah Wheeler      

OPC lead: Jennifer Phillips

Writing Support: Diana Pietri, Blue Earth Consultants

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