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Seafood industry under threat from climate change and ocean acidification – global reduction of CO2 emissions required to safeguard future

May 30, 2014 - Aquaculture News
Seafood industry under threat from climate change and ocean acidification – global reduction of CO2 emissions required to safeguard future

A new briefing issued today distils the key findings from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report and reveals the growing threat of climate change and acidification to marine resources. The briefing, published jointly by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Judge Business School and supported by the European Climate Foundation, reveals that:

The briefing, and an associated infographic, is being distributed across the seafood industry with a call for action to address this global threat.

Commenting on the report, Chris Brown, Senior Director, Sustainable Business, Asda Walmart said: “There is a growing threat of climate change and acidification to the marine resources upon which we rely. This report is a timely reminder of the pace of change in the oceans and the need for those of us with direct and indirect stakes in the seafood industry to promote action at every level.”

Blake Lee-Harwood of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership added:

“This report is a wake up call for the seafood industry to recognise the scale of the threat to ocean resources from climate change and acidification. We need to see urgent action in trying to mitigate the likely impacts while adapting wherever that’s practically possible.”

Eliot Whittington of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership said: “This briefing highlights the business-critical implications of climate change for the fisheries sector, representing tens of billions of dollars in future costs and damages for the industry. Companies in this sector will have to take the implications of climate science into account as they plan for the future. We hope that this briefing, developed with experts from both business and science, will help them do so.”

The briefing cites areas where action can be taken to lessen the impact of climate change:

The report Climate Change Implications for Seafood and Aquaculture is available here and is accompanied by an infographic which summarizes the situation.

 

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