Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Diversity and Distributions
Climate change has influenced the distribution and phenology of marine species, globally. However, knowledge of the impacts of climate change is lacking for many species that support valuable recreational fisheries. Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) are the target of an important recreational fishery along the U.S. east coast that is currently the subject of a management controversy regarding allocation and stock structure. Further, the current and probable future distributions of this migratory species are unclear, further complicating decision-making. The objectives of this study are to better define the contemporary distribution of cobia along the U.S. east coast and to project potential shifts in distribution and phenology under future climate change scenarios.
archival tags; climate change; fisheries management; habitat suitability model, Chesapeake Bay, United States east coast
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Crear, DP; Watkins, BE; Saba, VS; Graves, JE; Jensen, DR; Hobday, AJ; and Weng, Kevin C., Contemporary and future distributions of cobia, Rachycentron canadum (2020). Diversity and Distributions, 26(8), 1002-1015.