What does the Paris Climate Agreement have to do with....fisheries and food security?

By Alex Score

The Paris Climate Agreement signed in December 2015, also known as COP21, included prioritizing food security because of the imminent threats posed by climate change to global food and fisheries production. This is the first international climate change agreement that identifies food security as a priority, and highlights the need to increase resilience by prioritizing adaptation and mitigation strategies for global agriculture and fisheries. Generally, there is still a lack of understanding of how climate change will impact food and fish production. In addition, there is some uncertainty on how climate change will interact with non-climatic stressors, such as pollution, coastal land use changes, and overfishing. 

EcoAdapt is working to increase understanding and capacity for U.S. fisheries management in the context of climate change and ocean acidification. We are currently gathering existing information and developing a fisheries climate adaptation online dashboard to help managers make climate-informed decisions. The dashboard will include regional U.S. impacts, global and U.S. fisheries adaptation case studies, and resources in a Climate Adaptation Toolkit for Fisheries Management to help build capacity of fisheries managers and ultimately make fisheries decisions more resilient to climate change. The dashboard can help other managers worldwide by providing easily accessible information on climate impacts to fisheries and climate adaptation solutions, examples, and resources. The dashboard will be powered by the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE).