NMFS Chief Scientist Writes on Changing Climate, Oceans and America's Fisheries
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Marine Link] Commentary by Dr. Richard Merrick - December 19, 2016
Across America, changes in climate and oceans are having very real and profound effects on communities, businesses and the natural resources we depend on, according to Dr. Richard Merrick is the chief scientist for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service:
Fishing communities face extra challenges, as droughts, floods, rising seas, ocean acidification, and warming oceans change the productivity of our waters and where wildlife live, spawn and feed. And there is much at risk – marine fisheries and seafood industries support over $200 billion in economic activity and 1.83 million jobs annually.
NOAA last year set out a national strategy to help scientists, fishermen...
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