Title Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators: Socioeconomic Aspects and Management Strategies (GLOBEC-CLIOTOP Working Group 5)
Type Research Project
Abstract Dr. Miller is playing a leading role in organizing this Working Group, which is part of a new international scientific effort – the CLIOTOP (CLimate Impacts on Oceanic TOP Predators) program. CLIOTOP is a GLOBEC regional program which will address open ocean ecosystem dynamics, the influence of climate on the dynamics of top predator populations – including tuna and billfish, and the socioeconomic aspects of climate-related stock dynamics. The goals of Working Group 5 are to improve understanding of: 1- the factors that drive human impacts on top predator species; 2- the efforts to manage those human impacts through local, national, regional, and international scientific and regulatory efforts; and 3- the impacts and implications of these scientific and regulatory efforts, together with changes in stocks and catch of top predator species on those communities dependent on them. Working Group 5 held its inaugural meeting in Honolulu, December 1-3, 2004. The meeting participants proposed initial emphasis on two interrelated research foci: 1. the evolution of harvesting efforts as affected by climate-driven variability in stock productivity and distribution; and 2. the interplay between resource changes (driven by both harvesting and natural variability) and the development and functioning of international fishery management organizations.
Participants (Co-leaders) Kathleen Miller
Rémi Mongruel (Ifremer / DEM / Centre de Brest, France)
Start Date December 2004
Keywords climate variability, highly migratory fisheries, socioeconomic impacts, international resource management
Research Themes Climate-Ecosystem-Human Interactions
Assessment Methods, Products and Tools


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)