Climate Change and Fisheries presented by the American Fisheries Society and the Potomac Chapter of AFS was held on May 9, 2013, in the Rayburn Building in Washington, DC.
Hosts: Ward Slacum (VERSAR) and Sarah Glaser (Virginia Institute of Marine Science)
Fisheries and climate are intrinsically linked. In 2011, marine fisheries supported 1.7 million jobs and created $199 billion in sales for the U.S. Annually, 33 million recreational anglers generate $4 billion in state and federal tax revenue. But right now, climate change is affecting fisheries productivity. Migration and spawning patterns are changing, biodiversity is being affected, and aquatic “dead zones” are increasing.
1. Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
2. Water conservation and watershed protection
3. Partnerships to integrate fish and wildlife management
4. Restoring historic hydrologic regimes to promote fish movement
5. Education about the effects of climate on fisheries
6. Programs to evaluate local effects of climate change on fisheries
7. Management activities that reduce ecosystem stressors
8. Encouraging research activities to characterize climate effects
9. Dedicated funding for climate legislation that includes conservation of fish and water resources
Members of AFS have been acutely aware of how climate change is already affecting our aquatic and marine ecosystems, and our predictive modeling forecasts much more serious threats…. As you set our nation’s course for the next four years, we urge you and your Administration to support science, address the realities of global warming, and further expand efforts to move a clean energy economy forward in the United States. As fisheries scientists and also concerned citizens, we offer our assistance in helping you redirect the Nation from a carbon-based consumptive economy to a more sustainable one.
~ Letter to President Barack Obama from AFS President Dr. John Boreman, Jan. 17, 2013