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Video: Our Climate & Our Fisheries—Join the Conversation

January 24, 2022

Watch this video to learn what climate change really means.

Satellite image of Earth Planet Earth covered in large forest fires and dark smoke due to climate change and deforestation. Credit: Storyblocks.

Climate change refers to changes that have been happening since people have been putting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases up in the atmosphere. Changes in the earth's atmosphere—due to human activities—have led to warming of the planet. 

Free diver from the Puget Sound Restoration Fund collects sugar kelp to propagate at NOAA Fisheries' Manchester Research Station. Kelp absorbs carbon dioxide and kelp aquaculture and restoration may be a useful mitigation factor to fight climate change. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Climate change is also changing the oceans, which has significant impacts on the nation’s valuable marine life and ecosystems, and the many communities and economies that depend on them.

Scientists expect environmental changes such as warming oceansrising sea levels, frequency and intensity of floods and droughts, and ocean acidification to increase with continued shifts in the planet’s climate system.

Climate change will affect every aspect of NOAA Fisheries' missionthere is much at risk. Watch the video below to learn how we are working to understand the impacts and respond to these changes.

Last updated by Office of Communications on February 08, 2022