Agriculture and fisheries

The Economics of Adapting Fisheries to Climate Change

Published on January 28, 2011


Climate change is becoming more evident and, as it increases, will alter the productivity of fisheries and the distribution of fish stocks. From an economic point of view, the changes will have impacts on fisheries and coastal communities in different ways. These expected changes require adaptable and flexible fisheries and aquaculture management policies and governance frameworks. However, the forms of future climate change and the extent of its impact remain uncertain. Fisheries policy makers therefore need to develop strategies and decision-making models in order to adapt to climate change under such uncertainty while taking into account social and economic consequences. 

While most work on climate change in the fisheries sector has focused on fisheries science, this book highlights the economic and policy aspects of adapting fisheries to climate change. An outcome of the OECD Workshop on the Economics of Adapting Fisheries to Climate Change, held in June 2010, the book outlines the actions that fisheries policy makers must undertake in the face of climate change. These include: strengthening the global governance system; a broader use of rights-based management systems; ecosystem protection; industry transformation through the ending of environmental harmful subsidies and a focus on demand for sustainably caught seafood; and, in particular, using aquaculture as a key part of the response to climate change.


Acronyms and Abbreviations
Chair's Summary
Fisheries management and governance challenges in a climate change
Economic and policy issues related to the impact of climate change on fisheries
From an ecosystem approach to assess climate change impacts on fisheries
Dealing with uncertainty – implications for fisheries adaptation
Fisheries management and governance challenges in a changing climate
Is the current fisheries management toolbox sufficient to address climate change?
The economics of climate adaptation and marine capture fisheries
Climate change, adaptation and the fisheries sector
Climate change and the management of high seas, straddling and migratory fish stocks
Fisheries governance in the UK: challenges and opportunities in a changing climate
Korea's effective approach to adapting climate change in the fisheries sector
Chinese Taipei: the impact of climate change on coastal fisheries
Annex 1. Opening Address by Vice-Minister for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Korea
Author biographies
Annex 3. List of the workshop participants
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