Marine Fisheries strategies and priorities to address ecosystem changes and fisheries impacts resulting from climate change and ocean acidification

Summary of Key Strategies and Priorities

• The continuation of established time-series monitoring efforts should remain a Division priority
• Existing monitoring efforts should be expanded to incorporate the collection of additional climate related data identified as critical to improving long-term fisheries management strategies
• External funding opportunities should be identified and pursued to address climate change and ocean acidification research needs
• Partnerships with academia, research institutions, fisheries management entities, and the fishing industry should be established for the collection and analysis of relevant climate data
• An ocean acidification monitoring program should be instituted at strategically located near-shore locations to monitor long term trends in pH and surface ocean CO2 partial pressure (pCO2) and the potential impacts to calcification rates of important shellfish species
• An in house committee to coordinate work related to the collection and maintenance of time-series climate data should be established
• The creation of a webpage and other outreach materials highlighting current efforts, identifying future data needs, tracking “indicator” data, and outlining adaptation strategies for future fisheries management objectives should be developed
• Support for outside programs that collect climate and ocean acidification data used in fisheries management decision-making should continue
• A standardized approach to long term climate related data collection should be developed

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Climate change policy statement.

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