About this Research Topic
Recent observations and analysis are all showing that rising atmospheric CO2 and large-scale climate change are associated with concurrent shifts in temperature, circulation, stratification, nutrient input, oxygen content, and ocean acidification, with potentially wide ranging biological effects. Many species of commercially valuable fish are moving north or deeper because of physiological intolerance to new environments. Impacts of large-scale variations such as ocean acidification on marine organisms including coral, shellfish, sea urchins, and other calcifying species are well documented now. These changes are creating a number of challenges for fishermen, shellfish growers and managers. Many coastal communities depend on fishing, aquaculture, tourism, and climate-related changes are projected to affect jobs, impact economies and disrupt traditional ways of life. The oceans are dynamic systems, that’s why striking the right balance between use and protection of marine and coastal resources has always been a complicated process, whether it’s setting fishing levels, reducing by-catch, designating critical habitat, or considering permits for oil and gas exploration. Incorporating climate change into decision-making makes these efforts more challenging than ever before. Increased information, tools and action are essential to meeting these challenges. We welcome papers that address climate-related impacts on the living marine resources and resource-dependent communities, and adaptive decision processes that can incorporate and respond to changing climate conditions for fisheries management, and future projections and uncertainties. Research that includes recent advances in multidisciplinary big data applications to fisheries, aquaculture, and sustainable utilization of resources are also welcome.
Keywords: Marine Fisheries, Climate Change, Environment, Big data, Living Marine Resources, Fisheries Management, Aquaculture, Sustainable management, Decision-making
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