By B Meenakumari
The author is Deputy Director General (Fisheries), Division of Fisheries, New Delhi. email@example.com
Climate change can have a strong impact on fisheries with far-reaching consequences for food and livelihood security of a sizeable section of the population in India.
Global warming that is expected to occur over this century is not confined only to the atmosphere; the oceans would get warmer too. Over the next 50 years, temperatures in the Indian seas are expected to rise by 1 to 3°C (Fig. 1). The oceans are predicted to acidify, turn saline, and sea levels and currents are expected to change. It has now been widely recognised that such changes will have consequences, both benign and disadvantageous, on fisheries - dependent...