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Fisheries and Climate

Climate change is already affecting fishery resources and the communities that depend on them. Scientists at the NEFSC and elsewhere are linking changes in ocean temperatures to shifting fish stock distributions and abundances off the Northeastern US. The NEFSC has developed a webpage that provides information on potential impacts of climate change on the Northeast US Continental Shelf.



To prepare for and respond to current and future changes in climate and oceans, fisheries managers and scientists need tools to identify what fishery resources may be most vulnerable in a changing climate and why certain fish stocks are vulnerable. Read more »


NEFSC scientists are among those working to assess climate effects on fishery species as part of a larger NOAA Fisheries effort focused on fisheries’ and protected species’ vulnerability to change. Read more »


Weaving climate change factors into fishery stock assessments is a new challenge made possible by advances in how we can detect and measure these effects. The 2014 butterfish assessment was the first to consider a thermal habitat index, with some positive results. Learn more »

Science Spotlights

Changing Ocean Temperatures

Recent Publications

Bell RJ, Hare JA, Manderson JP, Richardson DE. 2014. Externally driven changes in the abundance of summer and winter flounder. ICES J Mar Sci. 71:2416-2428.

Bi H, R Ji, H Liu, J Young-Heon, JA Hare. 2014. Decadal changes in zooplankton of the Northeast U.S. continental shelf. PLoS One. January 31, 2014. 10.1371/journal.pone.0087720.

Friedland KD, Shank BV, Todd CD, McGinnity P, Nye J. 2014. Differential response of continental stock complexes of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) to the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. J Mar Sys. 133: 77-87.

Hare JA. 2014. The future of fisheries oceanography lies in the pursuit of multiple hypotheses, ICES J Mar Sci. 10.1093/icesjms/fsu018

Hare JA, Morrison WE, Nelson MW, Stachura MM, Teeters EJ, Griffis RB, Alexander MA, Scott JD, Alade L, Bell RJ, Chute AS, Curti KL, Curtis TH, Kircheis D, Kocik JF, Lucey SM, McCandless CT, Milke LM, Richardson DE, Robillard E, Walsh HJ, McManus MC, Marancik KE, Griswold CA. 2016. A Vulnerability Assessment of Fish and Invertebrates to Climate Change on the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf. PLoS One. February 3, 2016. 10.1371/journal.pone.0146756

Saba,VS, SM Griffies, WG Anderson, M Winton, MA Alexander, TL Delworth, JA Hare, MJ Harrison, A Rosati, GA Vecchi, R Zhang. 2015. Enhanced warming of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean under climate change. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans 120. doi:10.1002/2015JC011346.

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