Potential for adapting tropical tuna fleets to climate change as re-distribution of effort is also driven by technological and management changes


Marine ecosystems have already been impacted by climate change. It is generally accepted that these impacts affect marine productivity, fish distribution, habitat and diversity. However, it is hardly known how fisheries respond to these changes. In order to understand how fisheries are responding to ocean warming, researchers from the Future Oceans Lab at CIMUniversity of Vigo, the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), CSIRO and Marine Support investigated the distribution of purse seiner activity in the Atlantic Ocean. The new publication shows the spatiotemporal trends of tropical tuna fisheries in the central-eastern Atlantic Ocean and finds that fleet activity shifted southward from the equator over the studied period (1991-2017). A mix of climate change, institutional, management and technological factors explain the observed shifts, but management and institutional settings are the most powerful factors to offset climate change distribution impacts on these fisheries. The findings support management as a crucial tool to reach sustainable fisheries, which undergo serious threats apart from over-exploitation or pollution, which is the case of the ongoing climate change.

This work was developed within the European Research Council funded project CLOCK (Climate Adaptation to Shifting Stocks), as part of the PhD research by Iratxe Rubio, and coordinated by Dr. Elena Ojea. It was a collaborative work with Dr. Unai Ganzedo from Marine Support S.L. and Dr. Alistair J. Hobday from CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere and the Centre for Marine Socioecology (University of Tasmania). Check out the article in Fish and Fisheries titled “Southward re‐distribution of tropical tuna fisheries activity can be explained by technological and management change”. It is available in open access and so is a GitHub repository with the code.

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Rubio I., Ganzedo U,. Hobday A.J., Ojea E. 2020. Southward re‐distribution of tropical tuna fisheries activity can be explained by technological and management change. Fish and Fisheries. DOI (https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12443)

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