Climate change is expected to alter Massachusetts’ coastal areas, including its ecosystems, fisheries habitats, and coastal communities. Potential changes include:
- Increases in water temperature
- Increases in frequency and intensity of regional precipitation
- Decreases in salinity and ocean pH levels
Minor changes to the climate can threaten biodiversity and the health of our fisheries. In response to these challenges, DMF develops climate based fisheries management strategies. These strategies address ecosystem changes resulting from climate change to improve fisheries sustainability.
DMF also maintains data of the seafloor temperature that is accessible to the public. To request this data, contact Mark Rousseau at firstname.lastname@example.org.