Climate Change, Species Dispersal and Fisheries

Organized by the University of Akureyri and Arctic Portal 22. August 2016

Friday, October 7, 15:30-17:00

Location: Viðey, Harpa Second Level

Climate change is poised to play a key role in species dispersal and the (re)distribution of fish stocks in the coming decades. Current projections indicate a general trend for the eventual displacement of numerous fish species towards the Polar Regions, notably the Arctic.

Climate change is poised to play a key role in the (re-)distribution of fish stocks in the coming decades and, by extension, the location and composition of future capture fisheries. Rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification will continue to exert a strong influence over the future distribution of fish and inter-dependent species.  

The dispersal of stocks to new depths and locations accordingly presents inviting commercial possibilities for particular coastal states, albeit at the likely expense of others. Significant prospects for lucrative new fisheries are emerging in the High North, as warming seas are predicted to gradually facilitate the removal of natural climatic barriers to the colonization of Arctic waters by a growing number of species across the coming decades.

Speakers

  • Hreiðar Þór Valtýsson, Assistant Professor, School of Business and Science, University of Akureyri: Status of Arctic fisheries
  • Michaela Coote, Arctic Portal: The Potential for Divers to Protect the Marine World Through Citizen Science.
  • Captain Rick Fehst, Alaska: Perspectives of an Alaskan Fisherman
  • Hörður Sævaldsson, Assistant Professor, School of Business and Science, University of Akureyri: Challenges in the Icelandic Pelagic Sector Following Climate Changes.
  • Carey Bonnell, Head, School of Fisheries, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland: Fisheries Development in the Eastern Canadian Arctic and Sub-Arctic Environment
  • Marianne Helene Rasmussen, University of Iceland: Photo-identification of Whales and Dolphins
  • Erlendur Bogason Professional diver, Strytan ehf: Underwater Videos During Breaks CHAIR: Eyjólfur Guðmundsson, Rector, University of Akureyri

Chair

  • Eyjólfur Guðmundsson, Rector, University of Akureyri