Climate Change Effects on North American Inland Fish Populations and Assemblages

Translated title of the contribution: Climate Change Effects on North American Inland Fish Populations and Assemblages

Abigail J. Lynch, Bonnie J.E. Myers, Cindy Chu, Lisa A. Eby, Jeffrey A. Falke, Ryan P. Kovach, Trevor J. Krabbenhoft, Thomas J. Kwak, John Lyons, Craig P. Paukert, James E. Whitney

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Abstract

Climate is a critical driver of many fish populations, assemblages, and aquatic communities. However, direct observational studies of climate change impacts on North American inland fishes are rare. In this synthesis, we (1) summarize climate trends that may influence North American inland fish populations and assemblages, (2) compile 31 peer-reviewed studies of documented climate change effects on North American inland fish populations and assemblages, and (3) highlight four case studies representing a variety of observed responses ranging from warmwater systems in the southwestern and southeastern United States to coldwater systems along the Pacific Coast and Canadian Shield. We conclude by identifying key data gaps and research needs to inform adaptive, ecosystem-based approaches to managing North American inland fishes and fisheries in a changing climate.

Translated title of the contributionClimate Change Effects on North American Inland Fish Populations and Assemblages
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-361
Number of pages16
JournalFisheries
Volume41
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016

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