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Climate change and small-scale fisheries

The fisheries sector contributes significantly to income and food security for hundreds of millions of people, particularly in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and coastal Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Climate change presents key challenges for small-scale fisheries and mariculture and is projected to have significant impacts on the lives and livelihoods of people dependent on this sector. The precise magnitude of future impacts of climate change on fisheries – in particular small-scale fisheries – are still poorly understood, since they involve numerous interactions with fragile and complex ecosystems that are often already affected by other stressors such as overfishing or pollution