In recognition of the importance of fisheries to the Pacific, SPC and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) have joined forces to assess the likely effects of climate change on fish habitats and the productivity of oceanic, coastal and inland fisheries and aquaculture. Read more: the NEW PROJECT BRIEF
The broad aim of the project is to equip policy-makers and managers in the Pacific Island countries and territories with information on how climate change might affect their plans for the sustainable use of fish for economic growth, food security and livelihoods.
The project will address important questions about the effects of climate change on fisheries, such as: Will the abundance and distribution of tuna change? Will coastal fisheries be less productive? Are changes in weather patterns likely to increase the risks of fishing at sea? Will future patterns of rainfall affect the potential for small-pond aquaculture? How well prepared are fishing communities and industries in the region to adapt?
The project will produce a series of assessments to provide advice on:
• implications of climate change for plans to optimise the use of fish for economic growth, food security and livelihoods;
• adaptation and management measures needed to maintain the benefits of fisheries in the face of climate change;
• priorities for cost-effective development assistance to address the effects of climate change on fisheries.
The project will produce a comprehensive assessment of the vulnerability of Pacific fisheries to climate change. This vulnerability assessment is designed to:
* evaluate how the likely changes in climate and ocean systems in the Pacific will affect the various ecosystems and habitats that support fish; and
* estimate the likely effects of these changes on oceanic, coastal, and freshwater fisheries, and on the productivity of aquaculture.
Read more: the interim POLICY BRIEF and the PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT
The project being co-ordinated by SPC is also part of the global 'Partnership for Climate, Fisheries and Aquaculture' to: 1/ assess the vulnerability of fisheries and aquaculture to climate change, and 2/ promote the need for investment in adaptation and mitigation in the fisheries sector, and in the science needed to improve understanding of the role of the ocean in global climate.
Read more: Fisheries and Aquaculture in our Changing Climate; Oceans, Coasts and Climate change; IPCC assessment and ocean science.