Reducing climate-related risks through stocking decisions

Fish farmers adjust stocking practices at different times of the year to take into account seasonally-varying risks of floods and droughts at their location. For example, to reduce risks of exposure to low river flows in the dry season farmers may choose to stock larger fish so they can harvest before the high-risk period. Fish farmers also reduce stocking densities when they anticipate conditions will be stressful. In years where water levels are projected to be very low, they may choose not to stock fish at all for several months until conditions for rearing fish improve.

Climate Related Risk

Drought, Flooding, More frequent and extreme events (general)

Form of Option

Behavioural, Technological

Country of Origin



Resource-dependent people (e.g. farmers, fishers, miners)


The option exists in a real setting and was not created as part of the project.

Institution / Legal Reach

Change in norms or ways of doing things