Meet all the endorsed Ocean Decade Actions

Integrated climate vulnerability assessments

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Canada

Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, North Atlantic Ocean, Project, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Sustainably feed the global population

In order to enable marine resiliency and continued food provisioning under global change, there is a need to explicitly include multiple climate change drivers in fisheries management.

This project aligns with the UN Ocean Decade goals of developing regional ocean acidification risks, adaptation actions and management strategies for commercial species and reliant peoples for food, economies or traditional practices.

The American lobster supports the dominant fishery of the Northwest Atlantic with critical socioeconomic importance to Canada and the United States. The overall objective of this project is to develop an American lobster climate vulnerability assessment open-access tool incorporating recently available climate exposure, sensitivity data (including social, economic, cultural and institutional indices), fisheries and habitat models through this transboundary multidisciplinary collaboration, that will facilitate climate considerations in fisheries management and regional adaptation planning.

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS)

Start date: 03/01/2022
End date: 31/07/2023

Lead Contact: Helen Gurney-Smith (