Climate readiness and resilience

Climate Readiness and Resilience

Ocean systems are changing—and are predicted to continue to change—in the face of climate shifts and increasing variability (Polovina et al. 2008; Hazen et al. 2012; Pinsky et al. 2013). 

Fisheries management has traditionally been based on historical information and observations, yet this historical knowledge becomes unreliable as systems experience directional change and variability beyond historical conditions (Pershing et al. 2015). To address this challenge, FaCeT leverages a suite of dynamic ocean management approaches that are inherently robust to climate variability and change, as they explicitly account for species movement or distributions that shift in response to climatic conditions (Lewison et al. 2015).

Using these tools, FaCeT aims to inform fishery stakeholders how their fishery may change under current and future ocean conditions, how to prepare and manage for those changes, and, in doing so, provide resilience for fishers and their communities while promoting more sustainable fishing practices.