Climate change and fisheries education


Andrew K. Carlson, Nathan J. Lederman

Journal or Book Title: Fisheries

Volume/Issue: 41

Year Published: 2016


As leaders of the Student Subsection of the Education Section (Student Subsection) of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), we recognize the importance of understanding how climate change will affect inland fisheries and making this knowledge meaningful for fisheries students and young professionals. The Student Subsection serves to facilitate interactions between fisheries professionals and students by providing member services consistent with the mission of the AFS, for which professional development is a primary goal. To prepare students and young professionals for rewarding careers in fisheries conservation, it is our duty as Student Subsection leaders to anticipate issues and trends that are relevant for future fisheries professionals. As climate change intensifies, we believe it is imperative that students and young professionals acquire basic and applied knowledge of climate change as it relates inland fisheries. Not only must students and young professionals understand the process of climate change, they must develop skills to apply this knowledge for fisheries conservation. How can fisheries professionals ensure that students have climate change know-how as they prepare for their careers? We describe five action items that we believe will enable fisheries students and young professionals to tackle the challenges imposed by climate change.

DOI: 10.1080/03632415.2016.1182510