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Building Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change

This report is a good starting point as it includes an overview of impacts of climate change on fisheries as well as adaptation and mitigation measures in the fisheries sector which can be taken, focusing on less industrialised nations. The mitigation section is comprehensive and finds that there may be synergies between emission reductions, energy savings and responsible fisheries. It goes on to propose this list of useful policy recommendations which could contribute to all these goals:
    This report is a good starting point as it includes an overview of impacts of climate change on fisheries as well as adaptation and mitigation measures in the fisheries sector which can be taken, focusing on less industrialised nations. The mitigation section is comprehensive and finds that there may be synergies between emission reductions, energy savings and responsible fisheries. It goes on to propose this list of useful policy recommendations which could contribute to all these goals:
    • raising awareness of the impacts of climate change, to ensure that the special risks to the fishery sector are understood and used to plan national climate change responses, including setting of mitigation targets through mechanisms such as the Kyoto Protocol;
    • reducing fuel subsidies granted to fishing fleets, to encourage energy efficiency and assist towards reducing overcapitalization in fisheries;
    • supporting the use of static-gear – pots, traps, longlines and gillnets, which uses less fuel than active gear such as trawls and seines – and therefore emits less CO2;
    • restoring mangroves and protecting coral reefs, which will contribute to CO2 absorption, coastal protection, fisheries and livelihoods;
    • managing aquaculture to optimize carbon retention, reduce energy use and minimize impacts on mangroves and other important habitats; and
    • raising awareness through seafood campaigns, reducing food miles, and promoting corporate social responsibility in the commercial sector.
    Produced by the FAO, this report can be found attached below.
     

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