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Main Title Global Climate Change: Policy Implications for Fisheries.
Author Gucinski, H. ; Lackey, R. T. ; Spence, B. C. ;
CORP Author Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR. ;NSI Technology Services Corp., Corvallis, OR. ;Oregon State Univ., Corvallis.
Publisher c1990
Year Published 1990
Report Number EPA/600/J-90/405;
Stock Number PB91-171611
Additional Subjects Climatic changes ; Fisheries ; Environmental effects ; Air pollution ; Global aspects ; Aquatic ecosystems ; Global warming ; Oceans ; Fresh water ; Species distribution ; Biological effects ; Air water interactions ; Food chains ; Reprints ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB91-171611 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 8p
Several government agencies are evaluating policy options for addressing global climate change. These include planning for anticipated effects and developing mitigation options where feasible if climate does change as predicted. For fisheries resources, policy questions address effects on international, national, and regional scales. Climate change variables expected to affect inland and offshore fisheries include temperature rise, changes in the hydrologic cycle, alterations in nutrient fluxes, and reduction and relocation of spawning and nursery habitat. These variables will affect resources at all levels of biological organization, including the genetic, organism, population, and ecosystem levels. In this context, changes in primary productivity, species composition in the food-web, migration, invasions, synchrony in biological cycles, shifts in utilization of niches, and problems of larvae entrainment in estuaries have been identified. Maintaining ecosystem robustness (i.e., high biodiversity) is another component of the problem. Action requires establishing priorities for information needs, determining appropriate temporal and spatial scales at which to model effects, and accounting for interactive changes in physical and biological cycles. A policy response can be derived when these results are integrated with social needs and human population constraints.