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Impacts of climate change are global, diverse, and accelerating, yet both our recognition and understanding of
the full scope of this problem are still in their infancy. Addressing the numerous threats to California’s ocean
ecosystems, and ensuring that California fisheries can deliver positive outcomes for both the environment and
people will require advancing fisheries management toward a new “climate-ready fisheries” model. Climateready
fisheries management can be achieved through improved information flows via new technology and
partnerships, adaptive management and decision-making frameworks, accounting for climate dynamics in stock
assessments, flexible permitting systems, dynamic spatial management, and improved capacity for evaluating
and preparing for social-ecological impacts. Though examples of successful climate-ready fisheries approaches
do exist, there is still uncertainty and miscommunication around how and why climate-ready fisheries
management should be implemented. Relevant questions that remain unanswered include: What are the
defining characteristics of climate-ready fisheries? What are the benefits of climate-ready fisheries
management? How do we efficiently transition California’s state-managed fisheries to a climate-readiness?
What are the limitations and challenges associated with this transition?
For the purpose of this project, the Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) at UC Santa Barbara will develop a
model that seeks to identify and better understand the different types of management strategies that will best
position California to develop effective climate-ready fisheries management policies. To do so, SFG will address
two critical questions, with a focus on one (or more) specific fisheries that will be selected jointly by SFG and
● How robust are potential management solutions to a range of climate change threats and scenarios (i.e.
how can we design strategies that account for our uncertainty about future climate change impacts)?
● For any given fishery and its associated suite of potential climate-ready management strategies (each
with varying degrees of robustness to climate change), what is the expected outcome for the stock
compared to business as usual, and subsequently, what is the benefit to a broad range of stakeholders?