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Out of Stock: Climate Change and BC’s Seafood Prices

Climate science and marine ecosystem research informs us that marine fish species are already being impacted and that they would continue to come under increasing stress over the course of the 21st century as global climate change, ocean acidification and de-oxygenation combine with other stresses on the ocean. These factors will change the primary productivity, growth and distribution of fish populations, resulting in changes in the potential yield of exploited marine species worldwide, including in the waters of B.C. and Canada. The ultimate impact of climate change on the biophysics and ecology for people is through economic (e.g. prices, cost of fishing changes), social and cultural channels. Given these predicted changes and the fact that marine fish species provide us benefits such as seafood, jobs and profits, it is important for the public to understand how these changes would affect their pocketbooks. More>

Dr. Rashid Sumaila is director and professor of University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Economics Research Unit and the OceanCanada Partnership.