Changing storminess and global capture fisheries

Climate change-driven alterations in storminess pose a significant threat to global capture fisheries. Understanding how storms interact with fishery social-ecological systems can inform adaptive action and help to reduce the vulnerability of those dependent on fisheries for life and livelihood.

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Fig. 1: Ecological, social and economic impacts of storms on fisheries.
Fig. 2: The spatially heterogeneous nature of changing global storminess.
Fig. 3: Schematic of a research roadmap to understand the impact of changing storminess on fisheries.


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N.C.S. acknowledges the financial support of the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC; GW4+ studentship NE/L002434/1), Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and Willis Research Network. We thank E. M. Wood, who provided design services for the figures.

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J.K.P. is a co-chair of the ‘ICES-PICES Strategic Initiative on Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems’ and will be a Lead Author for the ‘Small Islands’ chapter in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (WG III).

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Sainsbury, N.C., Genner, M.J., Saville, G.R. et al. Changing storminess and global capture fisheries. Nature Clim Change 8, 655–659 (2018).

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