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  • 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.

  • From quiet meadows to open ocean: why seagrass meadows are important for fisheries

    A meadow under the sea? Not to be confused with seaweeds, seagrasses are land plants that have adapted to living their entire lives submerged in saltwater. They are close relatives of terrestrial grasses, seagrasses are thought to have colonized marine environments several millions of years ago. Different species of seagrass are found in tropic and temperate regions around the world from Southeast Asia to Scandinavia and all around North America. They are known as a “foundation species” because they create important habitat for a wide array of other organisms.

  • Regulating New Fisheries: Emerging Rules for Emerging Stocks

    By Richard Caddell, Nereus Program Fellow at Utrecht University

    It is increasingly evident that profound changes will be necessary to current fishing practices in order to meet future global demand for seafood. Many fisheries are already operating at or beyond their ecological and economic capacity, while climate change and associated processes are projected to have significant impacts upon the future distribution of fish stocks.

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