OCEANADAPT tool tracks shifts in the distribution of U.S. marine species with changing ocean conditions

What it is

  • U.S. fish and invertebrates are on the move with changing climate and ocean conditions.
  • This OCEANADAPT webtool was developed by NOAA Fisheries and Rutgers University to provide easy access to information about the distribution of marine species involved in commercial and recreational fishing over time.

Why it's important

  • The web tool delivers up to date information on changes in the distribution of marine species in each US marine region over the last 40 years using data collected annually by NOAA Fisheries and others.

How to use it

  • Users can track shifts in distribution over time for individual species or groups of species in a region or nation-wide.
  • The information will be updated annually to help managers, scientists, fishermen and others track and assess changes in the distribution of marine fish and other species with changes in climate and ocean conditions.

Where can you learn more


                        Launch the OCEANADAPT webtool



Tool Features

  • Delivers information on changes in the distribution of U.S. fish and invertebrates involved in commercial and recreational fishing.

  • Displays changes in depth and latitude for marine species’ populations over time.

  •  Shows the magnitude, direction, and rate of change in species’ distributions.

  • Uses data collected annually by NOAA Fisheries and others around the U.S.

  • Provides information on the distribution of nearly 650 species over the past 40-50 years.

  •  Serves as a resource for managers, fishermen, fishing communities, scientists, and other interested users

  • Supports goals of the National Fish Wildlife and Plant Climate Adaptation

    Strategy and the President’s Climate Action Plan

  •  Enhances the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit 

  • Augments the National Climate Indicators System designed help track climate impacts across the U.S.