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Climate change: Fisheries too

21 December 2009

When thinking about climate change, we usually think about the Earth’s atmosphere, but oceans are affected too, with serious impacts on marine life.

According to a new study by the FAO increasing temperatures could have dire consequences for the fishing industry. Over 500 million people rely on fish as a source of protein and income, and fish provide at least half the animal proteins and dietary minerals for 400 million of the world’s poorest people.

The FAO says both marine and inland fisheries are poorly positioned to withstand the new problems posed by climate change. Marine fisheries in particular may see major decline, as they are already trying to cope with overfishing, habitat loss and mismanagement.

These issues are explored in a forthcoming Insights, Fisheries: While Stocks Last? to be published in Spring 2010 to coincide with a major OECD conference on aquaculture.

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  1. Gillian Nelson permalink
    January 26, 2010

    UNESCO’s Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) have published this very interesting report on the ethical implications of Climate Change. Find it here: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001838/183801e.pdf

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