Combined effects of ocean warming and acidification on marine fish and shellfish: a molecule to ecosystem perspective

Highlights

  • Climate change would have profound repercussion on fisheries sector
  • Multiple interactive stressors can incapacitate biological functioning.
  • Trophic pyramids and food web architecture studies need to be approached.
  • Combined in situ monitoring and laboratory studies should be prioritized.

Abstract

It is expected that by 2050 human population will exceed nine billion leading to increased pressure on marine ecosystems. Therefore, it is conjectured various levels of ecosystem functioning starting from individual to population-level, species distribution, food webs and trophic interaction dynamics will be severely jeopardized in coming decades. Ocean warming and acidification are two prime threats to marine biota, yet studies about their cumulative effect on marine fish and shellfishes are still in its infancy. This review assesses existing information regarding the interactive effects of global environmental factors like warming and acidification in the perspective of marine capture fisheries and aquaculture industry. As climate change continues, distribution pattern of species is likely to be altered which will impact fisheries and fishing patterns. Our work is an attempt to compile the existing literatures in the biological perspective of the above-mentioned stressors and accentuate a clear outline of knowledge in this subject. We reviewed studies deciphering the biological consequences of warming and acidification on fish and shellfishes in the light of a molecule to ecosystem perspective. Here, for the first time impacts of these two global environmental drivers are discussed in a holistic manner taking into account growth, survival, behavioural response, prey predator dynamics, calcification, biomineralization, reproduction, physiology, thermal tolerance, molecular level responses as well as immune system and disease susceptibility. We suggest urgent focus on more robust, long term, comprehensive and ecologically realistic studies that will significantly contribute to the understanding of organism’s response to climate change for sustainable capture fisheries and aquaculture.

Baag S. & Mandal S., in press. Combined effects of ocean warming and acidification on marine fish and shellfish: a molecule to ecosystem perspective. Science of The Total Environment. Article.


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