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FAO report projects climate change impacts on world’s fisheries by Catherine Benson Wahlén July 11,2018   |  Source: IISD

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a publication predicting that climate change will affect the productivity of the world’s freshwater and marine fisheries. The report urges countries to meet their adaptation commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to minimize the impacts of climate change on the world’s fisheries and the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people.

The publication titled, ‘Impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture: Synthesis of current knowledge, adaptation and mitigation options,’ combines global, regional and national analyses and modeling from over 100 collaborating scientists’ projects. As a result of a changing climate, the Synthesis projects, among other impacts: shifts in ocean circulation patterns; rising sea levels; altered rainfall and storm patterns; and changes in water temperature and pH levels. These changes are predicted to alter the distribution and productivity of marine species and increase the incidence of aquatic diseases and other impacts such as coral bleaching.

The report’s models suggest that the decline in the productive potential of fisheries in exclusive economic zones (EEZs) overall will remain below 12%, but significant fluctuations will occur at the regional


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