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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 4543
Title: Fisheries management in a changing climate: lessons from the 2012 ocean heat wave in the Northwest Atlantic
Author: Andrew Pershing, Daniel S. Holland
Publication Year: 2013
Journal: Oceanography
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
Pages: 60-64
DOI: 10.5670/oceanog.2013.27.
Keywords: climate change,Fishery Management

 By exposing complex interactions between biological, ecological, and economic processes and management policies, the 2012 North Atlantic heat wave provides insights into policy challenges that coastal communities and nations will face as climate change progresses.


 Short paper with no abstract: Synopsis: The ecological and economic impacts of the 2012 ocean heat wave reveal the need for climate adaptation planning within fisheries management. Based on the 2012 experience, we identify several directions that may help sustain fisheries and fishing communities in a warming and more variable climate. Improved capacities to detect and predict ecosystem impacts of climate change and nimble fishery management systems that can adapt to ecosystem changes will be critical for achieving these outcomes.

Theme: Sustaining Marine Ecosystem and Human Health
Foci: Develop methods, technologies, and data integration tools to predict ocean-related public health risks into health early warning and ocean observing systems