Adaptation strategies of coastal fishing communities as species shift poleward published in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Dr. Talia Young and co-authors found substantial community-level changes in fishing patterns since 1996. Southern trawl fleets of larger vessels with low catch diversity fished up to 400 km further north , while trawl fleets of smaller vessels with low catch diversity shrank or disappeared from the data set over time. Trawl fleets (regardless of size) with high catch diversity, however, did not dramatically change fishing location, nor disappear from the data set as often. Their analysis suggests that catch diversity and high mobility could be effective adaptation strategies to environmental change.

A map of the eastern coast of the United States showing where fishing boats from Beaufort, NC are fishing
The center of fishing activity for the large-vessel community fleet in Beaufort, N.C., by year.

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