Workshop on the Economics of Adapting Fisheries to Climate Change
with the support of the Governments of Korea and Canada
Busan, Korea, 10-11 June 2010
|The Economics of Adapting Fisheries to Climate Change
Climate change will affect fisheries, fish stocks and coastal communities, but the form and extent of these impacts are uncertain. Policymakers must develop adaptable strategies for climate change while taking into account social and economic consequences.
This book outlines the actions that fisheries policy makers must undertake in the face of climate change.
Climate change is likely to have impacts on fishery productivity and stock distribution, which will result in redistribution of costs and benefits among different stakeholders. In addition, there is a great deal of uncertainty associated with interactions between climate change and fisheries and aquaculture.
This workshop provided fisheries policy makers with insights on how to develop strategies to adapt to climate change, taking into account social and economic consequences.
The objectives of the workshop were:
Sessions and presentations
The workshop was organized around five sessions (plus an opening and a closing session) that distilled lessons for policy makers with respect to climate change adaptation.
Session 1: Setting the Scene
This session provided an overview of the key economic issues and challenges that fisheries policy makers face in relation to climate change. Uncertainty associated with the interaction between climate change and fisheries has also been discussed as uncertainty is one of the most important factors that affect fisheries decision-making.
Adolf Kellermann, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Denmark
Ian Perry, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Edward Miles, University of Washington, United States
Session 2: Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Adaptation Strategies
This session identified possible impacts of climate change on capture fisheries. It also explored policy measures/options to respond to climate change and identify strengths and weaknesses of the measures to help policy makers in their decision-making. In addition, this session addressed challenges in managing stocks migrating between Exclusive Economic Zones as well as managing stocks in the high seas as climate change could have substantial impacts on fish migration and distribution.
Susan Hanna, Oregon States University, United States
Chang-ik Zhang, Pukyong National University, Korea
Daniel Lane, University of Ottawa, Canada
David Fluharty, University of Washington, United States
Rögnvaldur Hannesson, The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Norway
Session 3: National Fisheries Strategies of Adapting Strategies
In this session, participants shared the experiences of OECD member countries in identifying climate change impacts on fisheries, developing adaptation strategies and addressing associated social and economic consequences.
Pavlina Nicolova, DG-MARE, European Commission
Kirsty Inglis, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), United Kingdom
Il-Jeong Jeong, Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Korea
Hsueh-Jung Lu, National Taiwan Ocean University, Chinese Taipei
Session 4: Adaptation Strategies for Developing Countries
This session looked at how developing countries can respond to challenges caused by climate change in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
Graham Pilling, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture, United Kingdom
Kieran Kelleher, World Bank, Washington D.C. United States
Johann Bell, Secretariat of the Pacific Community,
Kee-Hyung Hwang, Korea Maritime Institute, Korea
Session 5: Political Economy of Adapting Fisheries to Climate Change
This session discussed political economy aspects of developing and implementing fisheries adaptation strategies to climate change, especially with respect to dealing with stakeholder’s expectations. It focused on how to deal with interactions among different interest groups, incorporating various perspectives from different players: policy makers, large fishing industries, small-scale fishing communities and NGOs.
Alastaire Macfarlane, New Zealand Seafood Industry Council, New Zealand
Jerker Tamelander, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland
Daniel Lee, BAP Coordinator, Global Aquaculture Alliance, United Kingdom
Takanori Ohashi, Fisheries Agency, Japan