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Recap - Anticipating Responses to Rapid Climate Velocities in Canadian Fishing Communities

Recap - Anticipating Responses to Rapid Climate Velocities in Canadian Fishing Communities


Published on February 20, 2024

A poster that includes details of the event and an picture of the speaker, Sherif Shuaib

On January 10, 2024, Sherif Shuaib, a graduate scholar at the Dahdaleh Institute, presented his research on predicting adaptations to rapid climate velocities in Canadian fishing communities. Shuaib delved into the intricate relationship between fishing and climate velocity, assessing the impact of climate change on the abundance and distribution of marine fish.

Climate change induces notable alterations in the distributions and abundances of marine species targeted by fishing activities. Consequently, fishing communities face challenges accessing familiar species, posing threats to livelihoods, food security, local culture, and the broader seafood supply chain. However, the impacts vary across different fishing activities, requiring diverse adaptation solutions.

To comprehend these shifts and their impacts, the investigation delved into identifying incentives and policies crucial for promoting marine life sustainability and economic balance amid changing fish distribution patterns. The research methodology involved a systematic review of studies from multiple databases, including ACM Digital Library, PubMed, Google Scholar, Scopus, IEEE Xplore, and Web of Science, employing a screening process to extract valuable information from relevant studies. He emphasized the importance of predictive models, categorizing them into process-based or mechanical models, statistical or correlative models, and hybrid models. The research findings highlighted the urgency for proactive measures, including mitigation efforts to slow climate change, strategic partnerships with affected nations, and the development of adaptive policies to ensure sustainable fisheries management.

The presentation concluded by shedding light on the current state of Canadian oceans, citing rising temperatures in the Arctic, disappearing sea ice, and changing ocean currents. It underscored the need for continuous research, adaptive management, and forward-thinking policies to navigate the evolving dynamics of Canadian fisheries in the face of climate change.

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