CERES researchers present climate risk analyses for 1) 105 ocean-dependent communities and 2) 380 fishing fleets in Europe. Their unique approach provides a perspective over the climate risks in this diverse and populous continent that is unprecedented in both its breadth and detail. They show that countries in southeast Europe as well as the United Kingdom have the highest climate risk overall, both in terms of fishing fleets and coastal communities. Substantial variation in climate risk is seen even within countries, emphasizing that climate adaptation interventions need to be tailored to the specific characteristics of the fleet or community. A focus on sustainable fisheries management and diversification of fish portfolios can reduce climate risks across the board.
Payne, Mark R., et al. “Climate risk to European fisheries and coastal communities.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118.40 (2021).