Impacts of climate change on tropical tunas, how can we adapt an international fishery?

Tuesday November 26th, the last session of the IX edition of the “Café con sal” conference cycle will be hold at the ECIMAT. Iratxe Rubio, PhD student of Future Oceans Lab (CIM-UVigo) and the Basque Centre for Climate Change, will present the talk titled “Impacts of climate change on tropical tunas, how can we adapt an international fishery?”, with the aim of spreading some of the challenges caused to international fisheries by climate change.

Iratxe is currently conducting a PhD where she approaches spatial impacts and adaptation options to climate change in international fisheries from a holistic social-ecological perspective. Iratxe’s PhD is part of a project called CLOCK (Climate Adaptation to Shifting Stocks). This project is led by Elena Ojea at the Universidade of Vigo (Future Oceans Lab) in collaboration with the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), and it is funded by an ERC Starting Grant. CLOCK aims to identify and understand the new challenges raised by climate change in marine systems and to develop an adaptation framework that integrates fisheries management science within the context of social-ecological systems to assure the long-term sustainability of resources and livelihoods.

In the face of the already observed climate change impacts on fisheries, improving and understanding the adaptive capacity of social-ecological systems (SES) is expected to provide climate resilient development pathways. In this talk, Iratxe is going to present how views on adaptive capacity needs by different organizations of an international fishery SES are related to their connectivity and social organization. This allows exploring in which domains of adaptive capacity adaptation actions are likely to have greatest influence and what organizations might facilitate them, which is crucial when whiling to adapt to climate change.

The conference will take place at the conference room of the ECIMAT at 11:00h with a coffee, and will be live streamed on and permanently available on CIM and UVigoTV websites.