CHAPTER 3

Fisheries, Tourism, and Climate Change

Overview—Marine Fisheries, Tourism, and Climate Impacts: Creating Opportunities for Change

Dawn M. Martin and Marida Hines

Introduction

Seafood is a critical food source for people around the world, particularly the residents of small island nations who depend upon healthy and abundant fisheries for their survival. More than three billion people rely on seafood as their primary source of protein, and nearly half a billion people derive their income from wild fisheries and fish farming, making seafood the largest traded food commodity in the world.1 Annual per capita fish consumption increased from 9.9 kg in the 1960s to 19.2 kg today, nearly doubling in 50 years.2 On top of this, global population ...

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