Best practices for climate-ready fisheries: linking knowledge and action

During summer 2022, FaCeT s attended an Environmental Defense Fund workshop that brought together experts across Regional Fishery Management Councils, NMFS, several universities, and the private sector. Experts identified the lack of entry points for climate knowledge to inform the management process as a bottleneck hindering climate resilience in fisheries. The aim of the workshop were to create space for groups to share stories and experiences of how to incorporate climate knowledge to inform fishing management, articulate best practices and lessons learned, and discuss applications moving forward. FaCeT co-PI, Becca Lewison, shared the FaCeT Toolkit with participants to demonstrate how FaCeT tools can be utilized to facilitate climate resilience in fisheries (see flyer below for more details).

FaCeT Takes on Ocean Science Meeting 2022

Interested in some of the research the FaCeT team has been working on? Below are presentations FaCeT team members, Camrin Braun, Nerea Lezama-Ochoa, and Nima Farchadi, gave at Ocean Science Meeting 2022 explaining some of the novel research being done for the project and their interesting findings. The first video presentation by Camrin Braun gives an overview of all the research our team is working on towards helping develop climate-ready and sustainable fisheries. From forecasting pelagic predator spatial distributions and communicating uncertainty to learning how we are tackling computational challenges, listen here!

Ever wonder how highly migratory species, such as billfish, sharks, and tuna, will shift their spatial distributions in response to climate change? A study led by Nerea Lezama-Ochoa has been investigating how important fishery and conservation species spatial distributions will change by the end of the century in the California Current using downscaled global climate models. Since, species may respond to climate change in divergent way it is essential that we understand how such changes can lead to potential economic, ecologic, and conservation impacts which can be used to develop management strategies that will support climate-readiness and resilience in U.S. fisheries.

The third presentation by Nima Farchadi, dives into one of the many studies the FaCeT team are working on, addressing how marine heatwaves are impacting the spatial and temporal distribution of U.S. pelagic fisheries in the Atlantic. Listen to how the U.S. Atlantic Longline Fleet shifts their distributions in response to marine heatwaves and what this may mean in regards to what coastal communities are most resilient, or vulnerable, during a marine heatwave event.

Previous & Upcoming FaCeT Attended Events

American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, 2019, Reno, NV

Ocean Science Meeting, 2020, San Diego, CA

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2020, Virtual

American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, 2021, Baltimore, MD

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2021, Virtual

Ocean Science Meeting, 2022, Virtual

American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, 2022, Spokane, WA

Upcoming talk by Nima Farchadi in the Advances in Ecosystem & Population Dynamics, and Marine Resource Economics session

Town Hall on Dynamic Ocean Management in Support of Climate-Resilient Fisheries

At Ocean Science Meeting 2020, the FaCeT team organized a town hall meeting to discuss how dynamic ocean management can support climate-resilient fisheries. This event brought together fishery stakeholders across various organizations and agencies to explore the potential for dynamic ocean management as a tool to understand, promote and plan for climate resilience in current and future fisheries management. 

The event featured an overview of existing marine ecological nowcast and forecast products, followed by a community-wide discussion of the opportunities, challenges and potential for new applications of fisheries dynamic ocean management in the context of climate change. Click here to read more and for a list of relevant papers on dynamic ocean management in support of climate-resilient fisheries.