Roger B. Griffis (1), Malin Pinsky (2), Jon Hare (3), Ryan D. Batt (4), James W. Morley (5)
By 2100, ocean waters are expected to be substantially warmer than they are today, with profound effects on fisheries. One of the most commonly observed impacts of climate change is through shifts in species distributions, and recent evidence suggests that marine fish and invertebrates closely follow climate velocity (the rate and direction that isotherms move across the seascape). Despite broad recognition of impacts, however, incorporating climate considerations into fisheries management has been challenging. Here, we describe a new web-based tool that can help managers, scientists, fishermen, and the public track shifts in the distribution of marine fish and other animals in the United States. The OceanAdapt website (http://oceanadapt.rutgers.edu) is the result of a partnership between NOAA Fisheries Service and Rutgers University that annually aggregates a variety of marine biological survey data and provides information on species distributions for easy use by multiple audiences. The effort is part of the growing trend towards open science and can help in the preparation of climate vulnerability analyses or in the prioritization of species for more focused adaptation efforts.