Planning for climate change impacts on the East Coast

Climate change impacts on East Coast fisheries are hard to figure. What will happen as temperatures rise, with ocean acidification, sea level rise, habitat degradation and the other climate factors that could affect access, fish, anglers and fishing communities?

I was honored last week to be invited to try to help figure things out at the East Coast Climate Change Scenario Planning Creation Workshop in Arlington, Va.

Seventy-five participants from commercial and recreational fishing; climate, social and fisheries scientists; representatives of non-governmental organizations; community leaders; and fisheries managers met for three days of collaboration in an attempt to illustrate what the future might hold in the next 20 years.

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