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United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization predicts impact of climate change on world’s fisheries, aquaculture

Climate change will decrease the world fisheries’ overall maximum catch potential between 2.8% and 12.1% by 2050 based on different greenhouse gas emission scenarios, with the tropics, especially the South Pacific region, getting hit the hardest, says a team of technical experts organized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

It’s not just the oceans either. As water becomes more scarce, inland fisheries will be undervalued. Pakistan, Iraq, Morocco and Spain are all highlighted as countries that are currently facing high stresses that are projected to become even higher in the future.

That’s just a sample of the findings in “Impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture,” a 654-page paper released this week by FAO. The paper, which was nearly three years in development, has 28 chapters addressing various aspects of climate change on the seafood industry.  

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