Through climate ready conservation, we are taking action to prepare for and respond to impacts of changing climate and oceans on fisheries, protected species, and the many people, businesses and communities that depend on them. Climate ready conservation means enhancing resilience of ecosystems and species to climate-related changes using the best available science to make more informed management decisions.
We invest in the tools and resources communities and businesses need to address the impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards, as well as to restore coastal habitats to enhance the resilience of coastal communities that rely on them. NOAA’s Coastal Resilience Grants Program aims to strengthen our economy and provide sustainable and lasting benefits.
Learn more about NOAA’s Coastal Resilience Grants Program
Regional fishery management councils develop fishery ecosystem plans to:
Provide a clear description and understanding of the fundamental physical, biological, and human/institutional context of ecosystems within which fisheries are managed.
Direct how that information should be used in the context of fishery management plans.
Set policies that guide development and implementation of fishery management options.
Fishery managers can use fishery ecosystem plans as a metric to help determine whether management effectively incorporates core ecosystem principles. Currently, the following four regional fishery management councils have developed fishery ecosystem plans:
North Pacific Fishery Management Council
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council
Pacific Remote Islands Area
Pacific Fishery Management Council
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
We have been increasing efforts to understand the effect of changing climate and oceans on marine life and to strengthen our capacity to address these effects on the resources for which we are responsible. We have also been working to develop standard approaches for incorporating climate-related information into agency decisions.
Our efforts address two main objectives:
Identify and fill knowledge gaps of how changing climate and oceans affects protected species.
Develop guidance and tools to inform Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act actions in light of anticipated future climate and ocean conditions. Learn more about climate guidance for ESA decisions.
Climate change is already affecting fishery resources and the communities that depend on them. This tech memo explores which species may be most vulnerable to climate-related environmental change. We have developed a vulnerability assessment to quantify a species' exposure and sensitivity to expected climate change.
Climate variability and change may affect marine fisheries by altering ecosystem functions, fish abundance and productivity, species and fishery distributions, bycatch rates, and habitat availability. This tech memo explores the proactive management alternatives that can increase stock, species, ecosystems, and fishing business resiliency.
Finalized November 2017