Climate Science and Fisheries Workshop

Understanding climate change and the associated impacts on the ocean environment has emerged as one of the major challenges facing fishery science and management. On February 11, 2014, the Council hosted a Climate Change and Fishery Science Workshop in New Bern, North Carolina.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Inform the Mid-Atlantic Council about the state of climate science relative to prediction of climate change
  • Describe the ecosystem impacts/changes which have already occurred.

This was the second workshop that the Council has held as part of the process for developing an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) guidance document. These workshops are intended to bring together technical experts, managers and stakeholders to evaluate science and policy aspects of specific issues and develop "best practice" recommendations to be incorporated into the EAFM document. 

The workshop's agenda included a wide range of presentations on climate change and the expected range of impacts on living marine resources. Outcomes from the workshop will be incorporated into the ongoing development of an EAFM guidance document. 

Workshop Materials