Climate change effects on North American inland fish populations and assemblages

Fisheries
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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.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Climate change effects on North American inland fish populations and assemblages
Series title Fisheries
DOI 10.1080/03632415.2016.1186016
Volume 41
Issue 7
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Publisher location Abingdon, England
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 16 p.
First page 346
Last page 361