Climate change prospects for freshwater fisheries in the tropical pacific

Gehrke, P., Sheaves, M., Figa, B., Boseto, D., Terry, J., Wani, J., and Ellison, J. (2012) Climate change prospects for freshwater fisheries in the tropical pacific. Water, 39 (7). pp. 81-86.

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Freshwater fisheries in the tropical Pacific play an important role in the food security, livelihoods and culture of people living in inland areas. Human populations in the region are projected to increase by 50% by 2030, increasing the importance of fresh fish as a source of animal protein for human nutrition. A priority of fisheries management is, therefore, to increase fisheries production to meet demand, and to develop strategies to maintain food security and government revenue in the face of climate change. Analysis of information on freshwater environments and projections for B1 and A2 climate change scenarios to 2035 and 2100 identified that equatorial zones are likely to receive an increase in rainfall of up to 20%, leading to increased river discharge of 33% by 2050 in places. In subtropical zones, rainfall is projected to decrease by as much as 20%. Increased river discharge and area of freshwater habitats are likely to dominate other responses to climate change, resulting in increases in fish production by as much as 12.5% by 2100. Sound catchment management to minimise adverse effects on fish habitats from economic development activities will be required to ensure that this potential benefit from climate change can be achieved.

Item ID: 25233
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 0310-0367
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 23:27
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 100%
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