How does climate change affect the distribution of commercial marine species?

Flock of seagulls surrounding fishing trawler boat in ocean.

On 24th May, Alba Aguión, a PhD student from Campus do Mar and member of the Future Ocean Labs at the University of Vigo presented under the Cafe con Sal Conference Cycle, the conference “Implications of observed climate change distributional impacts on comercial marine species“, in which she did a review of the existing evidence on the distributional shifts of commercial marine species due to climate change and the countries and fisheries that are more heavily impacted.

The role of climate change in marine species distributional shifts is now broadly recognized. Although evidence exists on the response of marine life to climate change, few studies address the implications of those shifts for fisheries and fishery-dependent communities.

Alba’s work is part of a project called CLOCK (Climate Adaptation to Shifting Stocks). It is led by Elena Ojea at the University of Vigo in collaboration with the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), and it is funded by a ERC Starting Grant. CLOCK (Climate Adaptation to Shifting Stocks) aims to identify and understand the new challenges raise by climate change in marine systems and provide potential solutions for the adaptation of fisheries management.

The conference took place in the auditorium of the Faculty of Marine Sciences of the University of Vigo at 11:00 and is available on the next links: