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Fishery-induced evolution provides insights into adaptive responses of marine species to climate change


Waples, RS and Audzijonyte, A, Fishery-induced evolution provides insights into adaptive responses of marine species to climate change, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14, (4) pp. 217-224. ISSN 1540-9295 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1002/fee.1264


Climate change challenges marine species with seawater that is warmer, with less oxygen and lower pH. To date, most climate-change studies have focused on organismsí acclimation or shifts in distribution; relatively little is known about the capacity of marine species to respond through evolution. We propose that important insights can be gained from recent studies of fishery-induced evolution (FIE), which show that increased adult mortality from fishing leads to rapid changes in growth and reproduction schedules. These changes consistently involve evolution of "faster" life histories: earlier maturation at smaller sizes and shorter life spans. In the ocean, coupled effects of higher temperatures and reduced oxygen also differentially affect larger or older individuals, so expected evolutionar y consequences of climate change are qualitatively similar to those of FIE. This general pattern will apply to large numbers of marine species and has important implications for conservation and management.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, evolution, life-history, fisheries
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Audzijonyte, A (Dr Asta Audzijonyte)
ID Code:121139
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-09-12
Last Modified:2017-10-19
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