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Resolving Climatic impacts on fish stocks

Objective

Climate change will impact fisheries resources and challenge managers to develop sustainable exploitation strategies. Knowledge on the impacts of climate on fisheries resources is still fragmentary. RECLAIM will summarize current knowledge, test process understanding, improve predictive capacity and formulate future research hypotheses by examining trophic processes, geographical distributions and essential habitat requirements for marine and shellfish in the NE-Atlantic. A conceptual framework will be developed to distinguish between processes acting on individual (physiology, behaviour), population (predation, competition) and ecosystem (physical habitat qualities, biological productivity, trophic coupling) levels. The framework structures a literature re view to detect gaps in knowledge and, where possible, distinguishes between climate and anthropogenic influences.

A comparative analysis follows quantifying climate variability and changes in distribution and productivity of:
(i) individual species,
(ii) selected fish and shellfish communities, and
(iii) ecosystem structure and functioning.

Target species represent different commercially important resources, ecosystem components (pelagics, demersals), and play key trophic roles (wasp-waist, apex predators) within NE-Atlantic ecosystems. Changes in ecosystem structure and functioning will be analysed from fisheries and scientific survey data including planktonic, benthic and fish production and consumption in relation to climate forcing and fishing. Relevant spatial and temporal scales of climate change and variability will be explored using time series analyses, spatial statistics and coupled 3-D hydrodynamic ecosystem models. Using a variety of approaches, RECLAIM will both hindcast as well as forecast the effects of climate change on the productivity and distribution of fish and shellfish stocks to formulate hypotheses and research needs to be addressed in future EU research.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-SSP-5-A
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
Address
Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (8)

SCOTTISH MINISTERS ACTING THROUGH FISHERIES RESEARCH SERVICES
United Kingdom
Address
375 Victoria Road
101 Aberdeen
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
155 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Issy-les-moulineaux
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Edmund-siemers-allee 1
Hamburg
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK)
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Kongens Lyngby
INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH
Norway
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
1870 Nordnes Bergen
STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE
Netherlands
Address
Landsdiep 4
Den Hoorn Texel
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
Address
Museplassen 1
7800 Bergen
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS ACTING THROUGH THE CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft