Who We Are

The Climate-Resilient Fisheries Planning Tool is a product of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) working group on Climate-Resilient Fisheries. This team was part of a cohort funded by the generosity of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Grant #2018-68222 to address the theme of Oceans, Climate and Equity.

SNAPP was founded in 2013 to develop evidence-based, scalable solutions for global challenges affecting nature conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being. With approximately three billion people relying on fisheries for their main source of protein, the sustainable management of these fisheries in the face of climate change has become one of the most urgent climate challenges of our time. To help address this pressing issue, the SNAPP working group on Climate-Resilient Fisheries formed in 2020 to advance approaches for assessing and operationalizing climate resilience in marine fisheries across the globe.

Using experiences and data from around the world, this team identified attributes of fisheries that support resilience in the context of climate change. The group analyzed case studies to evaluate the benefits of these attributes in fisheries that have already experienced climate impacts. This research has now been translated into the Climate-Resilient Fisheries Planning Tool to provide practical support for people interested in developing fishery climate-resilience plans.

What’s Next?

Assessing climate risks and identifying opportunities to improve climate resilience will become increasingly important for achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals. The work started by the SNAPP Climate-Resilient Fisheries working group will continue through a decadal program, Fisheries Strategies for Changing Oceans and Resilient Ecosystems by 2030, or FishSCORE. FishSCORE was endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to build a global network of scientists, stakeholders and practitioners to identify approaches to sustain marine fisheries, protect ocean ecosystem health and secure equitable benefits for fisheries in the context of climate change (Mills et al., 2022). Ultimately, FishSCORE will apply the Climate-Resilient Fisheries Planning Tool to operationalize climate resilience in local and regional fisheries while also continuing to advance information, tools, and approaches for resilience assessment and planning.



Kristin Kleisner

Environmental Defense Fund

Kathy Mills

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Patrick Sullivan

Cornell University


Alba Aguion

Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Eddie Allison

Worldfish, University of Lancaster, University of Washington

Merrick Burden

Environmental Defense Fund

Mark Dickey-Collas


Jacob Eurich

Environmental Defense Fund

Meghan Fletcher

The Nature Conservancy

Chris Free

University of California, Santa Barbara

Whitney Friedman

University of California, Santa Cruz and Thriving Oceans Collective

Christopher Golden

Harvard University

Anne Hollowed

School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Gaku Ishimura

Iwate University

Jacqueline Lau

James Cook University

Julia Mason

Environmental Defense Fund

Gretta Pecl

University of Tasmania

Claudio Silva

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Alice Thomas-Smyth

Environmental Defense Fund

Kanae Tokunaga

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Mireia Valle

AZTI Marine Research, Basque Research and Technology Alliance

Lily Zhao

University of California, Santa Barbara


Vera Agostini


Derek Armitage

University of Waterloo

Manuel Barange


Lyall Bellquist

The Nature Conservancy

William Cheung

University of British Columbia

Josh Cinner

James Cook University

Chris Costello

University of California, Santa Barbara

Rod Fujita

Environmental Defense Fund

Beth Fulton


Steve Gaines

University of California, Santa Barbara

Roger Griffis

NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service

Sangeeta Mangubhai

Talanoa Consulting Fiji

Tim McClanahan

Wildlife Conservation Society

Essam Yassin Mohammed


Henrik Österblom

Stockholm Resilience Centre/Stockholm University

Myron Peck

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Andy Pershing

Climate Central

Xiao Recio-Blanco

Environmental Law Institute

Andy Rosenberg

Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

Jörn Schmidt


Lynne Shannon

University of Cape Town

Rich Stedman

Cornell University

Rashid Sumaila

University of British Columbia

Eleuterio Yáñez

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Rosa Zavala

Ministry of Production, Peru

Other Contributors

Willow Battista

Environmental Defense Fund

Erica Cunningham

Environmental Defense Fund

Andrea Dell’Apa

Independent Consultant

Kendra Karr

Environmental Defense Fund

Stephen Kasperski

NOAA, Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Yuga Kisara

Iwate University

Layla Osman

Environmental Defense Fund

Katie Westfall

Environmental Defense Fund

Julio Chamorro

Juan Fernandez Island fisherman

Gonzalo Macho

Independent Fisheries Consultant

Martin Pastoors

Pelagic Freezer Association