Title Climate Variability and Tropical Tuna: Management Challenges for Highly Migratory Fish Stocks
Type Research Project
Abstract The 1995 United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement facilitates the creation of regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) to govern harvests of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks. The stability and success of these organizations will depend, in part, on how effectively they can maintain member nations’ incentives to cooperate despite the uncertainties and shifting opportunities that may result from climate-driven changes in the productivity, migratory behavior, or catchability of the fish stocks governed by the RFMO. Such climatic impacts may intensify incentives for opportunism, and create other management challenges for the RFMOs now governing tropical tuna fisheries in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Participants Kathleen A. Miller
Start Date 2006
Funders NSF
Keywords International fishery cooperation
Climate variability
Fish stock dynamics
Research Themes Assessment Methods, Products and Tools

Use of Scientific Information in Decision Processes
Climate-Ecosystem-Human Interactions


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