May 8th, 2012 by Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership
It focuses on how climate change is affecting the fish and shellfish we find in our seas, providing both opportunities and threats, and what the social and economic consequences could be.
Key findings in the 2012 MCCIP Report Card include:
The report card includes a regional seas climate change impacts map, which shows that most areas around the UK and Ireland are likely to be affected.
Other findings in the MCCIP report include:
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead said “climate change is affecting us all and understanding the impact on the marine environment is hugely important.
Fisheries and aquaculture are vital to the UK economy – worth over £1 billion – and clear science is critical to secure the future of our valuable food industries. That is why I welcome the collaborative work of the MCCIP – the report card provides significant and robust scientific data which will help inform future policies to tackle climate change.”
UK Minister for the Marine Environment, Richard Benyon, said “I would like to thank the scientists who have contributed towards this valuable report and believe we have come a long way in a short time in understanding the impacts of climate change on the marine environment.
“The truth is that climate change is having a big impact on distribution of fish stocks and this is going to present some significant challenges for policy-makers, fisheries managers and for fishing industry itself.
Detailed peer-reviewed journal papers on all the topics covered in the summary report card can be accessed through ‘Aquatic Conservation – Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems’:
‘Impacts on climate change on fish, fisheries and aquaculture‘ by Matthew Frost, John M. Baxter, Paul J. Buckley, Martyn Cox, Stephen R. Dye, and Narumon Withers Harvey
Review of climate change impacts on marine fish and shellfish around the UK and Ireland, by Michael R. Heath, Francis C. Neat, John K. Pinnegar, David G. Reid, David W. Sims and Peter J. Wright.
Review of climate change impacts on marine aquaculture in the UK and Ireland by Ruth Callaway, Andrew P. Shinn, Suzanne E. Grenfell, James E. Bron, Gavin Burnell, Elizabeth J. Cook, Margaret Crumlish, Sarah Culloty, Keith Davidson, Robert P. Ellis, Kevin J. Flynn, Clive Fox, Darren M. Green, Graeme C. Hays, Adam D. Hughes, Erin Johnston, Christopher D. Lowe, Ingrid Lupatsch, Shelagh Malham, Anouska F. Mendzil, Thom Nickell, Tom Pickerell, Andrew F. Rowley, Michele S. Stanley, Douglas R. Tocher, James F. Turnbull, Gemma Webb, Emma Wootton1, Robin J. Shields