Cold-loving species declining in northeast Atlantic, while other fish appear to be thriving
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — With temperatures in the northeast Atlantic Ocean rising four times faster than most other ocean regions, researchers are documenting major shifts in the abundance of commercially important fish stocks.
Catches of cold-loving species, including haddock and cod, have dropped by half in the past three decades, while landings of warm-loving species, including hake and dab, have more than doubled.
“We see many more southerly, warm-water species faring well on the European shelf than more northerly, cold-adapted species,” said Stephen Simpson of the University of Bristol. “This means more small-bodied, faster-growing species with shorter generation times, and potentially more diversity.” (more…)
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