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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

Marine fisheries provide income, jobs, and nutrition for millions of people globally. Warming temperatures, acidification, and deoxygenation associated with climate change are influencing the productivity and distribution of many marine species that support fisheries. The nature of these impacts and how they affect the health of fish stocks and flows of benefits is mediated by the management context within which fisheries operate. Most fishery management systems use historical experiences to guide management. We contend that effective fisheries management under climate change will require systems that are designed for resilience and that resilient systems can buffer climate impacts. A set of principles for climate-resilient fisheries is being prepared for incorporation into processes led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in late 2019. This SNAPP working group will play a key role in developing guidance on approaches, processes, and tools that can operationalize and implement the principles in fisheries around the world. The working group will bring together fisheries experts and practitioners from nearly every continent to address three questions: (1) What key features make fisheries inherently resilient to the effects of climate change? (2) What approaches and tools confer resilience for fishery systems affected by climate change? (3) How can practitioners diagnose system resilience and identify ways in which resilience can be supported in order to enhance sustainability, economic benefits, and human well-being and equity? Insights and findings developed by this working group will be published in 2-3 peer-reviewed papers and a technical report that can be used to produce implementation guidance for climate-resilient fisheries. Efforts will also result in a decision-support tool to help guide policy choices that support resilience. We will interact routinely with key partners to ensure that results and products are relevant to fisheries policy and management at a global scale and that they can be downscaled for regional, national, and local applications. Involving participants from a variety of fishery management institutions and advisory bodies that deal with large- and small-scale fisheries, ocean law, and resilience will ensure that guidance is applicable to a wide range of fisheries across the globe.

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Principal Investigator(s)

Katherine Mills, Kristin Kleisner , Patrick Sullivan

Project Dates

Start: December 1, 2019

End: May 31, 2021



Vera N. Agostini
The Nature Conservancy
Edward H. Allison
University of Washington
Manuel Barange
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
Willow Battista
Environmental Defense Fund
Lyall Bellquist
The Nature Conservancy
Merrick Burden
Environmental Defense Fund
Mark Dickey-Collas
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Jacob Eurich
University of California, Santa Barbara
George Freduah
University of the Sunshine Coast
Christopher M. Free
University of California, Santa Barbara
Whitney Friedman
University of California, Santa Barbara
Christopher Golden
Harvard University
Roger Griffis
NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Anne B. Hollowed
NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Gaku Ishimura
Iwate University
Carrie V. Kappel
University of California, Santa Barbara
Kristin Kleisner
Environmental Defense Fund
Jacqueline Lau
James Cook University
Julia Mason
Environmental Defense Fund
Timothy R. McClanahan
Wildlife Conservation Society Kenya
Katherine Mills
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Gretta Pecl
University of Tasmania
Claudio Silva
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Rich Stedman
Cornell University
Patrick Sullivan
Cornell University
Kanae Tokunaga
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Mireia Valle Tobar
Basque Centre for Climate Change
Jono R. Wilson
The Nature Conservancy
Lily Zhao
University of California, Santa Barbara


  1. Journal Article / 2021

    Attributes of climate resilience in fisheries: From theory to practice

  2. Journal Article / 2022

    Co-production of knowledge and strategies to support climate resilient fisheries

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