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  • The UN Oceans Conference and Sustainable Development Goals: Are partnerships providing the way forward?

    The global oceans provide hundreds of millions of people with livelihoods, food and nutritional security, and are crucial for employment, economic development, and export earnings in many countries and coastal communities around the world. The status of these important ecosystems and its fisheries resources are however rapidly declining, following decades of unsustainable exploitation patterns, overcapacity, and unsuccessful governance interventions.

  • Global spatial distribution of marine species and diversity in the context of climate change

    The world is intuitively divided by the existence of recognizable, bounded units of landscape with characteristic climatic regimes and land cover that drives the distribution of existing life on earth. On a global scale, terrestrial ecosystems are grouped into major biomes such as boreal forest, savannah, desert, tundra and grasslands, each with distinct climates, landscapes, species, and vegetation.

  • Reproductive strategies and rockfish: A life history traits framework for fisheries management

    Any trip to an aquarium or seafood market reveals the incredible variety of fishes. These fishes not only differ in how they look, but in traits related to life history. Life history traits include maximum body size, longevity, age at maturity, and fecundity – the number of eggs produced. Fishes that have the same phylogeny, or evolutionary history, share similar traits. Conversely, unrelated fishes occasionally evolve similar traits independently.

Nereus Report 2015: Predicting Future Oceans — Climate Change, Oceans & Fisheries

One of the key objectives of the Nereus Program is to conduct research that contributes to improvements in our understanding of the complex relationships between marine ecosystems, fisheries, ocean governance and global seafood sustainability. In June 2015, the Program released a research report summarizing the main contributions of the numerous projects undertaken by the members of the Nereus Program and its associated colleagues in cross-disciplinary analyses of the global ocean systems. Specifically, this year’s report will discuss global changes that are impacting the marine ecosystems’ seafood production capacity, emerging trends in ocean governance, and socioeconomic changes that are affecting our relationship with the sea.

Download the Predicting Future Oceans — Climate Change, Oceans & Fisheries report