View Full Version : Warming waters are shifting northeast Atlantic fish stocks

Davie Tait
19th September 2011, 14:59
http://www.fishupdate.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/16183/Warming_waters_are_shifting_northeast_Atlantic_fis h_stocks.html

Northeast Atlantic Ocean fish stocks are already shifting due to warming waters, harming some fish stocks but benefiting others, according to research published in Current Biology.

Dr Steve Simpson of the University of Bristol led the research in collaboration with researchers from eight other institutions. The study is the first to combine a suite of European datasets, which included more than 100 million fish, to analyze how climate change is affecting the commercially important European fishery. Researchers examined 28 years of fisheries agency data from 11 independent surveys spanning more than 1 million sq km of the European continental shelf.

Warming in the northeast Atlantic has been taking place at a rate four times the global average over the past 30 years.

"While a 1.3 Celsius change in mean annual temperature in the North Sea over the past three decades may sound trivial, temperature has a strong influence on egg maturation rates, growth and survival of fish larvae, and impacts on the planktonic communities that underpin the food webs that sustain commercial fisheries, explained Simpson, a researcher in the University's School of Biological Sciences.

"We see many more southerly warm-water species faring well on the European shelf than northerly cold-adapted species. This means more small-bodied, faster growing species with shorter generation times, and potentially more diversity," he continued.

The data show that fish in European waters have already gone through intense community-level changes related to dramatic regional warming trends. A massive 72 per cent of common fish species have undergone a change in abundance related to rising sea temperatures.

Of those fish, three out of every four species have seen their populations grow.

Catches of species that prefer cold waters, such as haddock and cod, have dropped by half in the past three decades, while landings of warm-loving and exotic species, including red mullet, hake and sole, have more than doubled.

"We may see a further decline in cold-adapted species, many of which were the staple for our grandparents. The flip side is a likely increase in species that for the UK may seem relatively exotic now, such as red mullet and John Dory, Simpson forewarned.

19th September 2011, 20:56
And fishermen said the same thing when the CRP came in , that cod were moving north into colder waters in the Grey Sea and the likes , maybe the powers that be should listen to the man on the groud or sea in this case