Opportunities for climate-risk reduction through effective fisheries management

Cheung, William W. L.; Jones, Miranda C.; Reygondeau, Gabriel; Frölicher, Thomas (2018). Opportunities for climate-risk reduction through effective fisheries management. Global Change Biology, 24(11), pp. 5149-5163. Blackwell Science 10.1111/gcb.14390

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Risk of impact of marine fishes to fishing and climate change (including ocean acidi- fication) depend on the species’ ecological and biological characteristics, as well as their exposure to over‐exploitation and climate hazards. These human‐induced haz- ards should be considered concurrently in conservation risk assessment. In this study, we aim to examine the combined contributions of climate change and fishing to the risk of impacts of exploited fishes, and the scope for climate‐risk reduction from fisheries management. We combine fuzzy logic expert system with species dis- tribution modeling to assess the extinction risks of climate and fishing impacts of 825 exploited marine fish species across the global ocean. We compare our calcu- lated risk index with extinction risk of marine species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Our results show that 60% (499 species) of the assessed species are projected to experience very high risk from both over- fishing and climate change under a “business‐as‐usual” scenario (RCP 8.5 with cur- rent status of fisheries) by 2050. The risk index is significantly and positively related to level of IUCN extinction risk (ordinal logistic regression, p<0.0001). Further- more, the regression model predicts species with very high risk index would have at least one in five (>20%) chance of having high extinction risk in the next few dec- ades (equivalent to the IUCN categories of vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered). Areas with more at‐risk species to climate change are in tropical and subtropical oceans, while those that are at risk to fishing are distributed more broadly, with higher concentration of at‐risk species in North Atlantic and South Pacific Ocean. The number of species with high extinction risk would decrease by 63% under the sustainable fisheries‐low emission scenario relative to the “business ‐as‐usual” scenario. This study highlights the substantial opportunities for climate ‐risk reduction through effective fisheries management.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Climate and Environmental Physics

UniBE Contributor:

Frölicher, Thomas


500 Science > 530 Physics




Blackwell Science




Doris Rätz

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08 Feb 2019 10:19

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08 Feb 2019 10:20

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