SNAPP TEAM:Climate Resilient Fisheries
What key features support fisheries’ resilience to climate change impacts, and how can these features be recognized and enhanced in marine fishery management systems?

Marine fisheries provide income, jobs, and nutrition for millions of people, but impacts of climate change are altering the productivity and distribution of fish stocks and the flows of benefits from fisheries. In this context of increasing change and uncertainty, effective fishery management systems need to be designed to support resilience. This working group will synthesize interdisciplinary information to identify key features of resilience and develop guidance on approaches, processes, and tools that can help operationalize resilience in fisheries around the world.

OUR APPROACH: Using experiences and data from around the world, this team will identify features of fisheries that support resilience in the context of climate change. We will analyze case studies to evaluate the benefits of these attributes in fisheries that have already experienced climate impacts. Ultimately, the working group will develop a tool to help managers assess and enhance resilience in a wide variety of fisheries.

This team is part of a cohort funded by the generosity of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to address the theme of Oceans, Climate and Equity.

Team Status: COMPLETED
Team Critical Challenges: Climate Resilience, Ocean Sustainability
Key Products
Diverse pathways for climate resilience in marine fishery systems

This paper from the Climate Resilient Fisheries working group offers an actionable framework that can be applied to assess and improve climate resilience, supporting fisheries practitioners as they look to adapt their management strategies to a changing climate. 

How Can Fisheries Weather Climate Change? New Tool Offers Guidance

Millions of people rely on fisheries for income, jobs, and food. How can fishers and fishing communities plan and prepare for an uncertain future? A new tool developed by SNAPP’s Climate Resilient Fisheries working group provides a way.

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

Identifying and understanding opportunities to improve and support climate resilience will become increasingly important for achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals. A decadal program we are contributing to, “Fisheries Strategies for Changing Oceans and Resilient Ecosystems by 2030,” or FishSCORE, was endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The underlying evidence and framework for FishSCORE2030 are described in this article.

New holistic framework to assess the resilience of fisheries in a climate-changed world

This analysis “examine[d] fishery systems across (a) ecological, (b) socio-economic and (c) governance dimensions using five resilience domains: assets, flexibility, organization, learning and agency, …[finding] few studies that test resilience attributes in fisheries across all parts of the system, with most examples focusing on the ecological dimension.”

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Kristin Kleisner
Environmental Defense Fund
Kathy Mills
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Patrick Sullivan
Cornell University
Eddie Allison
Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Program and Worldfish
Willow Battista
Environmental Defense Fund
Merrick Burden
Environmental Defense Fund
Mark Dickey-Collas
Jacob Eurich
University of California, Santa Barbara
George Freduah
Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
Chris Free
University of California, Santa Barbara
Whitney Friedman
NCEAS and University of California, Santa Barbara
Christopher Golden
Harvard University
Anne Hollowed
NOAA, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Gaku Ishimura
Iwate University
Jacqueline Lau
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University; WorldFish
Julia Mason
Environmental Defense Fund
Gretta Pecl
University of Tasmania
Claudio Silva
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Kanae Tokunaga
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Mireia Valle
NCEAS and University of California, Santa Barbara
Jono Wilson
The Nature Conservancy; University of California, Santa Barbara
Vera Agostini
Derek Armitage
University of Waterloo
Manuel Barange
Lyall Bellquist
The Nature Conservancy
William Cheung
University of British Colombia
Josh Cinner
James Cook University
Chris Costello
University of California, Santa Barbara
Rod Fujita
Environmental Defense Fund
Beth Fulton
Steve Gaines
University of California, Santa Barbara
Roger Griffis
NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service
Sangeeta Mangubhai
Talanoa Consulting Fiji
Tim McClanahan
Wildlife Conservation Society
Essam Yassin Mohammed
WorldFish-CGIAR, Penang
Henrik Österblom
Stockholm Resilience Centre/ Stockholm University
Myron Peck
University of Hamburg
Andy Pershing
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Xiao Recio-Blanco
Environmental Law Institute
Andy Rosenberg
Union of Concerned Scientists
Jörn Schmidt
University of Kiel
Lynne Shannon
University of Cape Town
Rich Stedman
Cornell University
Rashid Sumaila
University of British Colombia
Eleuterio Yáñez
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Rosa Zavala
Ministry of Production, Peru
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