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Adaptation to climate change in marine capture fisheries


  • Quentin Grafton, R.


This paper responds to the challenge of how and when to adapt marine capture fisheries to climate change by (1) providing a set of fisheries policy options to climate change; (2) developing a risk and vulnerability assessment and management decision-making framework for adaptation; and (3) describing the possible strategies and tactics for ex ante and ex post climate adaptation in the marine environment. Its contributions include (1) a discussion of how management objectives and instruments influence resilience and adaptation; (2) a decision-making process to assess vulnerabilities to climate change and to manage adaptation responses; (3) an inter-temporal framework to assist decision-makers on when to adapt; (4) a risk and simulation approach to confront the uncertainties of the possible losses due to climate change and the net benefits of adaptation; (5) an explanation of how adaptive co-management can promote flexible adaptation responses and also strengthen adaptation capacity; and (6) a selection of possible 'win-win' management actions.

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  • Quentin Grafton, R., 2010. "Adaptation to climate change in marine capture fisheries," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 606-615, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:34:y:2010:i:3:p:606-615

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    1. R. Quentin Grafton & Tom Kompas & Pham Van Ha, 2009. "Cod Today and None Tomorrow: The Economic Value of a Marine Reserve," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 85(3), pages 454-469.
    2. Grafton, R. Quentin & Kompas, Tom, 2005. "Uncertainty and the active adaptive management of marine reserves," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(5), pages 471-479, September.
    3. Quentin Grafton, R. & Kompas, Tom & McLoughlin, Richard & Rayns, Nick, 2007. "Benchmarking for fisheries governance," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 470-479, July.
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    1. Aguilar Ibarra, Alonso & Sanchez Vargas, Armando & Martinez Lopez, Benjamin, 2012. "Economic impacts of climate change on two Mexican coastal fisheries: Implications to food security," Economics Discussion Papers 2012-64, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    2. P. Leith & E. Ogier & G. Pecl & E. Hoshino & J. Davidson & M. Haward, 2014. "Towards a diagnostic approach to climate adaptation for fisheries," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 122(1), pages 55-66, January.
    3. M. W. Pedersen & A. Kokkalis & H. Bardarson & S. Bonanomi & W. J. Boonstra & W. E. Butler & F. K. Diekert & N. Fouzai & M. Holma & R. E. Holt & K. Ø. Kvile & E. Nieminen & K. M. Ottosen & A. Richter &, 2016. "Trends in marine climate change research in the Nordic region since the first IPCC report," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 134(1), pages 147-161, January.
    4. Neil Holbrook & Johanna Johnson, 2014. "Climate change impacts and adaptation of commercial marine fisheries in Australia: a review of the science," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 124(4), pages 703-715, June.


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