As part of its efforts to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information, NOAA Fisheries on Feb. 3 released a draft climate science action plan for the southeastern Bering Sea. It includes a plan to assess the vulnerability of 18 commercially important fish species to climate change.
Scientists can use the results to prioritize and identify research gaps, while managers can use the results to identify potential impacts and identify management approaches to reduce impacts and increase resilience of fish stocks, fisheries, and fishing-dependent communities.
The plan details ongoing steps to monitor climate change impacts on these species. Each of NOAA Fisheries’ regional science centers were required to develop regional climate action plans in response to the release of the national NOAA Fisheries Science Climate Strategy.
Read more at http://www.afsc.noaa.gov.