A FOUR year European research project into the impact of climate change on fishing has just got underway.
Called Climefish, the overall goal is to help ensure that the increase in seafood production takes place in areas where there is potential for sustainable growth among fish species, given the expected developments in climate. Employment prospects and those for the sustainable development of rural and coastal communities will also be taken into account.
ClimeFish includes a total of 21 participating institutions from 16 countries and is being co-ordinated by the University of Tromsø – Norway’s Arctic University, with Norway’s Institute of Marine Research and Nofima in key roles. However, aquaculture experts from the University of Stirling will also play an important part in the research.
The project, which is being funded by the EU, will identify opportunities and challenges for fisheries and aquaculture management plans to exploit new opportunities, and implement measures to reduce the negative effects of increased temperatures.
The four year project will attempt to develop production scenarios that provide inputs to socio-economic analysis and identify risks and opportunities linked to climate changes. The underlying biological models used are to be based upon single species distribution and production, as well as multispecies interactions.
Strategies to mitigate risk and make best use of opportunities will be identified in co-creation with stakeholders. These will serve to strengthen scientific advice and to improve long term production planning and policymaking. ClimeFish addresses three production sectors: marine aquaculture, marine fisheries and lake and pond production.