Research to Support Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing Climate

Jack mackerel schooling around Ship Rock, Catalina Island, California. (NOAA) Jack mackerel schooling around Ship Rock, Catalina Island, California. (NOAA)

Resilient and sustainable fisheries provide an important source of jobs, food, recreation and economic activity for the nation. In 2014, U.S. fisheries supported 1.83 million jobs and contributed $214 billion in sales.

Warming oceans, rising seas, ocean acidification, and hypoxia are impacting America’s marine life and the many people, businesses, communities and economies that depend on them. Climate-related impacts can affect the abundance, distribution, and productivity of fish stocks. Fishermen, seafood processors, fishery managers and other decision makers need more information on current and future changes to better prepare and respond.

NOAA is working to address these issues and advance understanding of current and future climate-related impacts on living marine resources and the communities that depend on them through a partnership between the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Science and Technology and CPO's Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) program.

The research funding awarded under this new initiative will begin to provide critical advances in understanding and projection of climate-related impacts and addresses key information needs for management and stewardship to inform sustainable management of fisheries. The first competition, awarded in FY15, supported seven grants projects totaling $5M over three years focused on increasing the understanding of climate-related impacts on fish stocks and fisheries in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem.

Learn more about the FY15 projects...


Adrienne Antoine
Program Manager, Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA)
P: (301) 734-1201
F: (301) 713-0518


Climate Program Office
1315 East-West Hwy, Suite 1100
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.