Global marine fisheries are underperforming economically because of overfishing, pollution and habitat degradation. Added to these threats is the looming challenge of climate change. Observations, experiments and simulation models show that climate change would result in changes in primary productivity, shifts in distribution and changes in the potential yield of exploited marine species, resulting in impacts on the economics of fisheries worldwide. Despite the gaps in understanding climate change effects on fisheries, there is sufficient scientific information that highlights the need to implement climate change mitigation and adaptation policies to minimize impacts on fisheries.
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U.R.S. was partly supported by the World Bank and the Pew Charitable Trusts. W.W.L.C. was partly supported by the National Geographic Society and the World Bank. V.W.Y.L. was supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts through U.R.S's Pew Fellowship. D.P. is partially supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts and S.H. is with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration San Diego Office. We thank P. Cury, A. Dyck and J. Sarmiento for their insights during the course of this work.
The authors declare no competing financial interests.
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Sumaila, U., Cheung, W., Lam, V. et al. Climate change impacts on the biophysics and economics of world fisheries. Nature Clim Change 1, 449–456 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate1301
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