Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Climate Change and Florida's Fishes

We've all heard about many of the potential impacts of climate change, such as the polar bears losing their habitat or the melting of the polar ice. But what will climate change mean closer to home? How will it impact our marine habitats and the fish that live there? Check out this video for an overview:

This is just a brief glimpse at climate change and it's potential impacts on fish and fishing in our state. For more details on climate change and ocean acidification, check out the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Reports, UF/IFAS's EDIS report on the Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Florida, or check out the references below.

Some References: 

1. Alongi, D.M. 2008. Mangrove forests: resilience, protection from tsunamis, and responses to global climate change. Esuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 76:1-13.

2. Cheung, W.L,, J.L. Sarmiento, J. Dunne, T.L. Frolicher, V.W.Y. Lam, M.L.D.Palomares, R.Watson, and D. Pauly. 2012. Shrinking of fishes exacerbates impacts of global ocean changes on marine ecosystems. Nature Climate Change 3:254-258.

3. Diaz, R.J. and R. Rosenberg. 2008. Spreading dead zones and consequences for marine ecosystems. Science 321:926-929.

4. IPCC Working Group I. 2013. Climate change 2013: the physical science basis. Summary Report for Policy Makers IPCC WGI SPM AR5: 33 pp.

5. Mumby, P.J., A.J. Edwards, J.E. Arias-Gonzalez, K.C. Lindeman, P.G. Blackwell, A. Gall, M.I. Gorczynksa, A.R. Harborne, C.L. Pescod, H. Renken, C.C.C. Wabnitz, and G. Llewellyn. 2004. Mangroves enhance the biomass of coral reef fish communities in the Caribbean. Nature 427:533-536.

6. National Research Council. 2012. Climate change: evidence, impacts, and choices. National  Academy of Sciences. 40 pp.

7. O’Brien, C.M., C.J. Fox, B. Planque, and J. Casey. 2000. Climate variability and North Sea cod. Nature 404:142-143.

8. Pinsky, M.L., B. Worm, M.J. Fogarty, J.L. Sarmiento, and S.A. Levin. 2013. Marine taxa track local climate velocities. Science 341:1239-1242.

9. Roessig, J.M., C.M. Woodley, J.J. Cech Jr., and L.J. Hansen. 2004. Effects of global climate change on marine and estuarine fishes and fisheries. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 14:251-275.

10. Rose, .A. 2005. On distributional responses of North Atlantic fish to climate change. ICES Journal of Marine Science 62:1360-1374.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing such a timely and well thought out presentation!!!!!!!