Fish Species Climate Vulnerability Assessment Methodology
To prepare for and respond to current and future changes in climate and oceans, fisheries managers and scientists need tools to identify which fishery resources may be most vulnerable in a changing climate and why. The NOAA Fisheries Fish Species Climate Vulnerability Assessment Methodology provides decision makers with information on the relative vulnerability of fish species to expected changes in climate and ocean conditions. The Methodology uses information on species life history characteristics, species distributions, and projected future climate and ocean conditions to estimate the relative vulnerability of fish species to changes in abundance (and to some extent distribution).
Results from applying the methodology can help fisheries managers and scientists identify ways to reduce risks and impacts to fisheries resources and the people that depend on them. Scientists can use the results to identify gaps and help prioritize research. Managers can use the results to identify potential impacts and start discussions on possible management approaches to reduce impacts and increase resilience of fish species, fisheries, and fishing-dependent communities.