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Changing storminess and global capture fisheries

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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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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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  1. Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn, UK

    • Nigel C. Sainsbury
    •  & Rachel A. Turner
  2. School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

    • Martin J. Genner
  3. Willis Research Network, Willis Towers Watson, London, UK

    • Geoffrey R. Saville
  4. Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft, UK

    • John K. Pinnegar
  5. Met Office, Exeter, UK

    • Clare K. O’Neill
  6. Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

    • Stephen D. Simpson


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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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