Special Issue "Climate Change on Fish and Fisheries"

A special issue of Fishes (ISSN 2410-3888).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Felix Christopher Mark
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Integrative Ecophysiology, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Am Handelshafen 12, 27570 Bremerhaven, Germany

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world’s oceans are in direct exchange with the atmosphere and as such directly influenced by climate change. They buffer atmospheric warming by absorbing energy and CO2, which in turn leads to ocean warming and acidification. Warming and increasing nutrient loads in coastal areas promote the expansion of hypoxic zones world-wide, while retreating sea ice and ice shelves reshape marine habitats on different geographical scales via the freshening of seawater, changes in oceanographic features, sea-level rise, and increased sediment/pollution run-off.

All these abiotic changes can affect the physiology, ecology, and biogeography of marine fishes in their respective habitats, be it directly or through species interaction within food webs. As a consequence, fish populations may change their behaviour and phenology, decline in biomass, or shift distribution areas, which may entail severe consequences for local fishing industries that have to be addressed by fishery management and advanced modelling approaches.

This Special Issue ‘Climate Change on Fish and Fisheries’ invites contributions from fish ecologists, physiologists, fishery scientists, and modellers alike who work in the field of climate change effects of fish and fisheries. I am pleased to solicit original research, mini and full reviews, short communications, as well as perspectives, which address any of the aspects listed above. I am further pleased to state that this Special Issue in Fishes follows MDPI’s open-access policy and offers publication of your article directly after acceptance with fully waived article processing charges (APC).

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Felix Christopher Mark
Guest Editor

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  • Climate Change
  • Fisheries
  • Ocean warming
  • Ocean acidification
  • Pollution
  • Fisheries/stock modelling
  • Freshening

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Studying Kenai River Fisheries’ Social-Ecological Drivers Using a Holistic Fisheries Agent-Based Model: Implications for Policy and Adaptive Capacity
Fishes 2019, 4(2), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/fishes4020033 - 31 May 2019
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Alaska’s salmon fisheries are one of the more intensely managed natural resources in the world. The state’s salmon fisheries support recreational, subsistence, and commercial harvest with multiple billions of dollars flowing into the economy, and define the cultural identity of many Alaskans. Fishery [...] Read more.
Alaska’s salmon fisheries are one of the more intensely managed natural resources in the world. The state’s salmon fisheries support recreational, subsistence, and commercial harvest with multiple billions of dollars flowing into the economy, and define the cultural identity of many Alaskans. Fishery management practices rely on historic records to set policies with two goals: to meet salmon escapement quota and to maximize salmon harvest. At the same time, rapid social and ecological changes to the sub-Arctic are already impacting salmon runs and fisheries management. Combined with the inability of fishery managers to test the outcome of proposed policy changes, an understanding of the role social and ecological drivers play in harvest and effort is required. To address the two-forked problem of understanding socio-ecological dynamics and potential policy responses to ecological and social changes, we (1) conducted stakeholder workshops to solicit key system drivers, (2) built an integrated agent based model (ABM) of the system’s socio-ecological dynamics, and (3) tested the impacts of alternative future scenarios of ecological, social, and policy changes on the system’s outcomes. We previously constructed and validated a high-fidelity, data-driven, agent-based model of the Kenai River, Alaska that simulates seasonal harvest of sockeye and Chinook salmon, the fishing activities of the personal use fishery, commercial drift, and set gillnet agents. We study the role of key stakeholder and ecological drivers, using the ABM decision support tool, and their implications for fisheries management policies. Analysis of the scenario based studies found resilience in management of commercial fisheries to changing salmon migration dynamics, a lack of adaptive capacity in recreational (personal use) dipnet users to altered sockeye salmon runs, and the possible utility of introducing management measures in the dipnet fishery to manipulate sockeye escapement levels. These findings represent the usefulness of this type of ABM in assisting fishery managers everywhere in investigating possible future outcomes of different management or ecological scenarios. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change on Fish and Fisheries)
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