Study explores climate change effects on fisheries

Saving seaside real estate isn’t the only business benefit of fighting climate change. Scientists think that adhering to the Paris Agreement could be crucial to the success of the commercial fishing industry.

In a study published today in the journal Science, researchers modeled how the size of fish catches relate to warming, by combining data on ocean conditions, ecology, fishing, and population dynamics of 892 fish species. The findings should be unsurprising to anyone aware of the fact that the climate is changing quickly: warming water is bad for marine life.

“There’s a strong relationship between warming and impact on fisheries,” said lead study author William Cheung, the Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program Director of Science at the University of British Columbia. “That’s a global picture.”

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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