Study: Gulf fish populations among those shifting in response to climate change

This article discusses how fishing and fish populations are being affected in the Gulf of Mexico by climate change.

ish species are sensitive to water temperature and, as climate change warms ocean waters, their geographic distribution is changing. A study recently published in the journal PLOS ONE projects some fish species off the United States’ coasts shifting northward to more suitable temperature ranges under future climate scenarios.

The effect on species in the Gulf of Mexico is mixed, according to one of the authors, James Morley of Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

“Roughly half of the species might see some benefits from increased temperatures, the other half negative impacts,” Morley says.

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