Fisheries and Aquaculture and Climate Change
Some 520 million people depend on fisheries and aquaculture as a source of protein and income. For 400 million of the poorest of these, fish provides half or more of their animal protein and dietary minerals. Yet, more must be done to understand and prepare for the impacts that climate change will have on world fisheries and aquatic ecosystems.
The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, along with the Global Partnership Climate, Fisheries and Aquaculture, support raising awareness on these issues to promote a coordinated response from the fisheries and aquaculture sector to climate change, notably through a strategic approach to maintain or enhance the health and resilience of global oceans and waters, and strengthening the capacity of dependent people and communities, integrating these closely into broader development strategies.
Last December, government leaders, negotiators, scientists and NGOs, among others, met at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (known as COP-15) to find agreement on the challenges of climate change -- including its implications for fisheries and aquaculture, oceans and aquatic ecosystems.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department participated in several key COP-15 events and will continue to participate in upcoming meetings, discussions and fora on global climate change.