Climate & Marine Ecosystems

The changing climate is affecting our nation’s valuable living marine resources and the people, businesses, and communities that depend on them. From warming oceans and rising seas, to droughts and ocean acidification, scientists expect these impacts to increase with continued changes in the planet’s climate system.

The NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy is part of a proactive approach to increase climate-related information needed to fulfill our mandates. It is crucial to fulfilling our mission with changing climate and ocean conditions. By increasing the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information, NOAA Fisheries and partners will help reduce impacts and increase the resilience of the nation’s valuable living marine resources and the communities that depend on them.

The strategy identifies seven objectives to provide decision-makers with the information they need. It also responds to growing demands for information and tools to prepare for and respond to climate impacts on marine and coastal resources.

Regional Climate Action Plans 

Working with our partners, we developed regional action plans to guide how we implement our national climate science strategy in each of our regions. The goal is to provide decision-makers with the information they need to reduce impacts and increase resilience of valuable marine resources and the people who depend on them.

Learn more about each region's climate action plan

Fisheries and the Environment

Fisheries and the Environment is a research program that enhances our understanding of environmental impacts on living marine resources and usesthis information to improve stock assessments, improve ecosystem assessments, and to advance ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management. These projects analyze the response of living marine resources to environmental changes, developing ecological and oceanographic indicators and next generation forecasting models for incorporation into stock or ecosystem assessments.

Learn more about the Fisheries and the Environment Program

Tracking Changes in Marine Ecosystems

Information on marine ecosystem conditions is critical to sustaining the nation’s marine resources and the many businesses and communities that depend on them. We monitor ecosystem conditions in each region to provide decision-makers with information on current and possible future changes affecting fisheries and protected species. Tracking and reporting on ecosystem condition is critical to effectively preparing for and responding to changing ocean conditions.

Learn more about how we track changes in marine ecosystems