The Capacity and Likelihood of Climate Change Adaptation in the World's Fisheries

Contributing scientists have calculated the likely impact of climate change on the distribution of more than 1,000 species of fish around the world. This research was carried out by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the Sea Around Us project at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Princeton University.

Ocean conditions are affected by climate change, and these changes directly impact the numbers and locations of different species of fish. Dr. Cheung and his team have developed a computer model that predicts, for the first time, exactly what might happen under different climate scenarios to the distribution of commercially important species - including cod, herring, sharks, groupers and prawns. 

Current conservation and fisheries management measures do not account for climate-driven species distribution shifts and it is hoped this research will contribute to adaptation management plans.  This research is published in the journal "Fish and Fisheries".

Publication Date: February 13, 2008

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • William Cheung
  • Vicky Lam
  • Jorge Sarmiento
  • Kelly Kearney
  • Reg Watson
  • Daniel Pauly

Related Organizations:

  • Princeton University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry


Resource Category:

Resource Types:

  • Assessment


  • Ocean acidification
  • Permafrost melt
  • Precipitation changes
  • Sea-level rise
  • Water temperatures

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