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U.S. Fisheries Face Climate Challenges

April 20, 2022

Climate change is affecting where fish live, what they eat, and how many of them survive in the ocean. Learn more about what is changing and what we are doing to understand the effects of climate change on fish stocks.

Scientists sample water for pollock with large net Scientists sample for pollock. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Fisheries contribute more than $240 billion in economic activity in the United States every year. They support 1.7 million jobs and robust coastal economies, while providing 9.3 billion pounds of seafood for consumers. But these fisheries are at risk due to climate change. Rising temperatures have shifted weather patterns, ocean currents, and even where fish live. They also affect the communities that rely on these fish for their livelihoods.