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Climate Change and Overexploitation

MICHAEL H. HORN and JOHN S. STEPHENS

in The Ecology of Marine Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932470 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246539.003.0025
Climate Change and Overexploitation

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The complex evolutionary and biogeographic history of the California marine fish fauna has been amply demonstrated in the preceding chapters. This chapter summarizes the historical origins of the fauna, its present status, and the future of the fauna under a scenario of ongoing and perhaps accelerated climate change. Over the last three decades. the understanding of climate change has grown dramatically based on the impacts of global warming, the distribution and abundance of coastal fish faunas, and other biotic elements. Smaller scale events and episodes in recent millennia, centuries, and decades increasingly mix with anthropogenic influences of the past 150 years to complicate the picture of faunal dynamics as seen at the present time. Predicting the future conditions of the California fish fauna must also take into account the entangling influences of human activities, especially overexploitation.

Keywords: marine fish fauna; California; global warming; human activities; overexploitation; coastal fish faunas; overfishing

Chapter.  10602 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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