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Fish Stock Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Species Supporting Capture Fisheries

ACCASP # Pac19


The impacts of climate change on the aquatic environment pose a growing risk to fish and other marine life. As a result, there is a need to systematically assess the risks to aquatic organisms and fisheries that are managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including commercially valuable finfish and invertebrates.

This project will develop a Fish Stock Climate Vulnerability Assessment “Tool” to provide a standardized method for identifying which commercially valuable species are most vulnerable to climate change, as well as what additional information is available to understand and address the risks. This knowledge will provide fisheries managers with a basis for developing potential management actions to reduce the vulnerability of species and stocks. It will also help to identify where more information is needed to understand, track, and respond to fish stock vulnerability, which will help to prioritize research, monitoring and modeling efforts.

Program Name

Aquatic Climate Change Adaptation Services Program (ACCASP)


2014 - 2015


Pacific: Vancouver Island West Coast

Principal Investigator(s)

Karen Hunter
DFO, Pacific Region
Tel.: (250) 756-7120

Kim Hyatt
DFO, Pacific Region
Tel.: (250) 756-7217

Team Member(s)

Nancy Shackell, DFO Science, Atlantic

Marty King, DFO Fisheries Management, Atlantic

Sarah Quigley, DFO Ecosystem management, Atlantic

Ian Perry, DFO Science, Pacific

Jim Christian, DFO Science, Pacific

Aleria Ladwig, DFO Fisheries Management, Pacific

Neil Davis, DFO Fisheries Management, Pacific

Jeff Grout, DFO Fisheries Management, Pacific

Roger Griffis, NOAA Fisheries Service

Mark Nelson, NOAA Fisheries Service

Wendy Morrison, NOAA Fisheries Service

John Hare, NOAA North East Fisheries Science Centre

Collaborative International Partner(s)

NOAA (Fisheries Service, North East Fisheries Science Center)

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