Climate change and the blue economy: the role of fisheries and aquaculture

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Published: November 2023
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Key messages

  • The small-scale fisheries and aquaculture sectors are a critically important source of livelihoods and nutrition for hundreds of millions of men and women. They are central to a sustainable and equitable blue economy and can make substantial contributions to sustainable development.
  • Despite contributing relatively little to global emissions, fisheries and aquaculture face high levels of climate risk, particularly in the tropics and in areas facing compounding stressors, such as overfishing.
  • To support resilient aquatic food systems, climate adaptation strategies must be multi-sectoral, multi-scale, and guided by the principles of equity and human rights. Transformative measures to reduce poverty and provide food and nutrition security will be instrumental.
  • Policies and investments should work in partnership with small-scale fishing and fish-farming people and communities — including women and youth — to support their capacity to lead sustainable adaptive and transformative actions.

Cite this publication

IIED (2023). Climate change and the blue economy: the role of fisheries and aquaculture. Irish Aid, Dublin.
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