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Sustainable management and resilience of U.S. fisheries in a changing climate: a collaboration between OAR and NMFS


In partnership with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Science and Technology, CPO’s Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) program competitively awarded seven grants projects in FY 2015 focused on increasing the understanding of climate-related impacts on fish stocks and fisheries.  The roughly $5 million in grants cover a two- to three-year time period.

Resilient and sustainable fisheries provide an important source of jobs, food, recreation and economic activity for the nation. In 2013, U.S. marine commercial and recreational fisheries contributed $195 billion in sales impacts and provided 1.7 million jobs.

Warming oceans, rising seas, ocean acidification, and hypoxia are impacting America’s marine life and the many people, businesses, communities and economies that depend on them. Climate-related impacts can affect the abundance, distribution, and productivity of fish stocks.  Fishermen, seafood processors, fishery managers and other decision makers need more information on current and future changes to better prepare and respond

To address these issues,  a new collaboration between the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the National Marine Fisheries Service has been developed to advance understanding of current and future climate-related impacts on living marine resources and the communities that depend on them.  The goal is  to inform sustainable management and resilience of the nation’s fisheries in a changing climate.   

The research awarded under this new funding opportunity will begin to provide critical advances in understanding and projection of climate-related impacts and addresses key information needs for management and stewardship to inform sustainable management of fisheries.  Six projects support research to understand and respond to climate impacts on fish and fisheries in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem and the seventh will support a workshop focused on ecosystem tipping points in the North Pacific.  While this first funding opportunity emphasized the Northeast region, it is hoped  additional funding will be available in the future to expand this effort to other regions. 

The seven new projects include:

To view the NMFS announcement, visit:

COCA is a program in the Climate and Societal Interactions Division of the Climate Program Office, within NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. To learn more about COCA and it’s funding opportunities, visit:

NOAA’s Climate Program Office helps improve understanding of climate variability and change in order to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond. NOAA provides science, data, and information that Americans want and need to understand how climate conditions are changing. Without NOAA’s long-term climate observing, monitoring, research, and modeling capabilities we couldn’t quantify where and how climate conditions have changed, nor could we predict where and how they’re likely to change.

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