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Not all those who wander are lost – Fishers communities’ responses to shifts in the distribution and abundance of fish resources

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
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Jan 31, 2019 11:00 AM ET

Presenters: Eva Papaioannou of the University of Dundee and Rebecca Selden of Rutgers University

Description: Fish resources in Northeast US are sensitive to the impacts of climate change, with marked shifts in species’ distribution already taking place. Fishing communities’ response strategies to change are frequently neglected within policy, compromising the effectiveness of management schemes. This presentation will describe: 1) how fishing communities in these regions are responding to changes in the abundance and distribution of major commercial species and 2) how key characteristics of the fisheries (e.g., species diversity, gear diversity, vessel mobility, quota and permitting systems, proximity to fishing grounds) and fishing communities shape their choice of response strategies (e.g., changes in fishing effort, port of landing, and target species). This presentation will draw from research on New England lobster fisheries and mid-Atlantic Bight trawl fisheries. Results from these types of studies are critical for the development of climate-ready fisheries management and community adaptation plans.

Co-sponsors: EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)