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: ONGOING
Team Critical Challenges: Climate Resilience, Ocean Sustainability


  • Provide consensus view of the key features of climate-resilient fisheries and examples of application of these features in fishery management systems.
  • Develop a decision support tool to help managers identify resilience capacity and needs, and to provide guidance on approaches to enhance resilience.
  • Work with leaders of fishery management organizations to tailor results and products for global, national, and regional application in a variety of fisheries.
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
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
Wildlife Conservation Society
Tim McClanahan
Wildlife Conservation Society
Essam Mohammed
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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