The undeniable impact of climate change on the distribution of certain seafood species continues to be a subject of ongoing research. Various studies, including those conducted by NOAA, indicate shifts in stock locations, with predictions suggesting the migration of high-value groundfish species towards deeper offshore waters on the west coast of the U.S. Simultaneously, concerns about the risks posed to global blue food production are emerging.
Despite these challenges, a panel addressing seafood sourcing amid climate change at the recently concluded Global Seafood Market Conference in Orlando, Florida, expressed confidence in the industry's ability to not only confront but also navigate these challenges more effectively than other protein industries.
Michael Rubino, NOAA Fisheries Senior Advisor for Seafood Strategy, emphasized that the seafood industry should anticipate both gradual and abrupt changes due to climate change. Gradual shifts may occur over time, while abrupt changes could result from more frequent and intense weather events. NOAA is actively engaged in deciphering these changes and developing strategic plans to address the evolving scenario.
Rubino highlighted the extensive research conducted in recent years, serving as a precursor to potential future developments and guiding the necessary management changes. As NOAA continues its efforts to understand the impacts of climate change on marine environments, the focus remains on proactive planning to adapt to these changes effectively. The ongoing commitment to studying these shifts ensures the industry's preparedness to navigate the evolving landscape in the face of climate challenges.
Source: Chris Chase (Jan 25, 2024). Seafood industry well-positioned to meet challenges of climate change. SeafoodSource. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/premium/environment-sustainability/seafood-industry-well-positioned-to-meet-challenges-of-climate-change
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