This 2013 climate webinar provides information on how future climate could influence growth and consumption of key fish species in the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes fishery managers and stakeholders have little information regarding how climate change could affect the management of recreationally and commercially important fisheries, which have been valued at more than $7 billion annually. Our research has focused on how climate change could influence fish habitat (including water temperature, ice cover, and water levels), phytoplankton production, and ultimately fish production. Focusing on lakes Michigan and Huron, this webinar will provide information about whether we can detect climate signals in long-term data on fisheries and phytoplankton; preliminary climate (e.g., water temperature, ice cover) forecasts for 2043-2065; and how future climate could influence growth and consumption of key fish species, such as Chinook salmon, lake trout, yellow perch, and lake whitefish. Speaker: David Bunnell, US Geological Services Great Lakes Science Center