4. Climate-Informed Fisheries Management

Survey participants were asked if they currently incorporate climate change into their management decisions. Overall, 54% of respondents are engaged in climate-informed fisheries management (Figure 6). Of this group, 72% identify as fishermen, 61% as fishery council members/staff, 58% as scientists, and 48% as managers.

All survey participants were asked what challenges they face that hinder their efforts to incorporate climate change into their work. A lack of scientific information on the relationship between climate change and fish biology ranks as the primary challenge (60%), followed by a lack of options for management (49%), insufficient staff capacity (44%), and other/more pressing priorities (42%). Insufficient capacity ranks highly by both managers and scientists, while lack of access to forecasting data ranks highly among fishermen and fishery council members/staff.

Figure 6