Climate Services Webinar Spotlights Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program PI and Northeast Fisheries Climate Modeling Project

  • 27 April 2021

On April 29, Lisa Kerr (Gulf of Maine Research Institute) and Vince Saba (NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC) will present their project titled “Northeast Climate Integrated Modeling to Meet Ocean Decision Challenges,” funded through the joint CPO-NMFS Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program. The webinar will also feature Samantha Borisoff, a Climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center, who will provide an update on April climatological conditions.

The Northeast U.S. Shelf Ecosystem is a complex and changing region that supports a wide array of living marine resources and resource-dependent human communities. Because of the rapid pace of change in the region, there is a critical need to develop and apply scientific knowledge and tools that can help fisheries decision-making be responsive to climate change.

The goal of the project is to develop an integrated modeling framework to inform marine resource decision-making under projected climate change in the Northeast United States. This framework will integrate: 1) global climate models, 2) regional oceanographic models, 3) ecosystem and population models, and 4) social-ecological system models. The webinar will demonstrate this integration of regional climate-fish-fisheries and management models to inform fisheries decision challenges for species that have demonstrated shifts in distribution and changes in productivity.

The Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA) is a joint CPO-NMFS Program established to understand climate change impacts on fish stocks and fisheries and inform sustainable resource management. In 2020, CAFA funded projects to develop integrated climate-fisheries modeling frameworks in 4 regions to evaluate fisheries management and adaptation strategies and serve as pilot projects for the NOAA Climate and Fisheries Initiative.

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Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA)

MISSION: The Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA) is a partnership between the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research) Climate Program Office, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Office of Science and Technology that supports targeted research to promote adaptation and resilience of the nation's valuable fisheries and fisheries-dependent communities in a changing climate. By bringing together NOAA scientists with many partners, CAFA addresses priority needs for information and tools identified in the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science StrategyRegional Action Plans, and other sources.  

ISSUE: Healthy fisheries are a significant component of the U.S. economy. Commercial and recreational marine fisheries generate over $200 billion in economic activity and support more than 1.8 million jobs annually (FEUS 2016). Fisheries also support working waterfronts and coastal communities, provide opportunities for commerce, are tied to rich cultures, and help meet the growing demand for seafood across the U.S. and the world.

Climate change is impacting fish stocks, fisheries, and fishing communities, and these impacts are expected to increase. Changing climate and ocean conditions (e.g. warming oceans, changing currents, coastal inundation, extreme events, etc.) can affect the abundance, distribution, and productivity of fish stocks that support economically important fisheries. Sustainable fisheries management requires an improved understanding of how climate, fishing, and other stressors interact to affect fish stocks (including their habitats and prey), fisheries and fishing-dependent communities.  

PROGRAM HISTORY: The CAFA Program was established by the NOAA Research Climate Program Office and the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology in 2014 to advance understanding of climate‐related impacts on fish stocks, fisheries and fishing communities. The partnership originated through the former Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) Program and in 2021 was renamed the Climate and Fisheries Adaptation (CAFA) Program as part of the Climate Program Office Adaptation Sciences Program.

SPONSORS: Funding for the CAFA Program comes from the OAR Climate Program Office and the NMFS Office of Science and Technology, the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. 




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Jennifer Dopkowski
NOAA Research
Climate Program Office
P: (301) 734-1261

Roger Griffis
NOAA Fisheries
Office of Science and Technology

P: (301) 427-8134


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