Rutgers researchers and other scientists document the impact of ocean warming on commercial fishers from Maine to North Carolina. The researchers, including Kevin St. Martin, Associate Professor of Geography at Rutgers, studied how climate change will likely affect the fishing opportunities for eighty-five communities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. They used thirteen global climate models to project how ocean temperatures are likely to change, then examined ocean temperatures and types of bottom habitat to determine where important commercial fisheries species are likely to move. They also looked at whether the species caught by fishing communities are likely to become more or less abundant in the ocean regions where they typically fish.
This research uses an approach developed by St. Martin that reformats fisheries data to better reflect the many challenges facing fishing communities. Constructing maps and other metrics of community concerns rather than those of industrial sectors has the potential to make "community" present in fisheries management and marine decision-making.
Coverage in Rutgers Today
Original article in the journal Nature Climate Change.