How Climate Change Could Derail Fish Farmers
Aquaculture, the cultivation of fish and other aquatic species, is the world’s fastest growing food sector, but preparing for climate change is vital for future generations of aquafarmers to succeed, according to new research.
The study explores how climate change could affect marine aquaculture production, specifically of finfish and bivalves (such as oysters), around the world. The findings reveal that climate change is not only a threat to global production in the future, but affects producers today.
“Climate change is impacting marine aquatic farmers now, and it’s likely to get worse for most of the world if we don’t take mitigating measures,” says Halley Froehlich, a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara and lead author of the paper, which appears in Nature Ecology & Evolution.
The new analysis reports an important and previously missing piece of the puzzle in understanding how climate change will affect the future of global food security and provides an essential first step toward helping ocean farmers and coastal countries prepare for the coming changes to ensure sustainable seafood production worldwide. Read full article.