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Adaptation to Climate Change in Marine Capture Fisheries


  • Grafton, R. Quentin


This Research Report responds to the challenge for marine capture fisheries of how and when to adapt to climate change. The report presents: (1) a set of fisheries climate change policy options (2) a risk and vulnerability assessment tool and management decision-making framework; and (3) ex ante and ex post climate adaptation possibilities in the marine environment. The report also includes: (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 help decision-makers know 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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  • Grafton, R. Quentin, 2009. "Adaptation to Climate Change in Marine Capture Fisheries," Research Reports 94886, Australian National University, Environmental Economics Research Hub.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eerhrr:94886

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    1. Quentin Grafton, R. & Kompas, Tom & McLoughlin, Richard & Rayns, Nick, 2007. "Benchmarking for fisheries governance," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 470-479, July.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
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    1. 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.
    2. 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).
    3. 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.
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