The Nereus Program, a joint venture of the Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia, issued a report yesterday called Predicting Future Oceans (pdf). I will re-print the press release which accompanied the release.
A report entitled “Predicting Future Oceans: Climate Change, Oceans & Fisheries” newly released by the Nereus program, an international interdisciplinary research program aimed at predicting future oceans, suggests that future seafood supply in the world will be substantially altered by climate change, overfishing and habitat destruction if we do not take actions.
In preparation to the COP21 in Paris in December this year where negotiation on limits to greenhouse gas emissions will happen, this report is very timely in highlighting how climate change will affect the sustainability of global marine fisheries in the 21st century. It puts together findings from the Nereus Program on oceanography, ecology, fisheries and social-economics, and concludes that climate change and ocean acidification, along with overfishing and habitat destruction, will lead to a decline in fisheries in many regions and alterations of marine biodiversity and food web structure.