How Climate Change Is Impacting U.S. Fisheries and What We Can Do to Help

Fact Sheet
October 16, 2020

Richard Sagredo

Our ocean is undergoing rapid transformations due to climate change, including rising acidity, shifting currents, and warming waters. Faced with this changing environment, fish populations are struggling to adapt. Some are successfully migrating to colder waters—others are dwindling. U.S. fisheries management has not kept up with these changes, placing both the health of the commercial fishing industry and fish populations themselves at risk.

We must take steps to better understand these changes, and respond with effective policy solutions.