Fish Are Moving to Poles, And Management Isn’t Keeping Up

Fish Are Moving to Poles, And Management Isn’t Keeping Up

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the world’s oceans warm, fish are moving toward the poles where waters are colder. A new study finds that fishing regulations haven’t adapted to the new climate change-fueled reality. The researchers looked at 10 East Coast ports, where water temperatures are rising especially quickly and found that species […]

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Seaing Stars in the Marine Lab

Seaing Stars in the Marine Lab

Over the last decade, nearly 91% of the sunflower sea star population has been wiped out, landing the species a “critically endangered” categorization last year. The sea stars, which have 24 arms, are an important part of the underwater food web: they keep kelp forests healthy by feeding on sea urchins. 

Why This Matters: Between rising temperatures, overfishing, ocean acidification, among other harms, people have thrown the U.S. West Coast marine ecosystem off the balance.

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Millions of Jellyfish Die from “The Blob”

Millions of Jellyfish Die from “The Blob”

Julia Parrish, a University of Washington professor, using 20 years of data from citizens who reported on coastal conditions all along the West Coast, found that mass die-offs of sailor jellyfish correlated with “the blob,” a patch of unusually hot ocean waters in the Pacific, according to a new study. 

Why this Matters: The Blob became prevalent in 2013 when surface waters off the Pacific coast began getting especially warm. 

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Portraits of Change: Climate Change Is Challenging Fishing in the U.S. click button

Portraits of Change: Climate Change Is Challenging Fishing in the U.S.

This week, we have featured this series of videos by the Environmental Defense Fund about the impacts climate change is having on the ocean as observed by the people who live and work there — fishermen and women. Their stories have been compelling and provided a sense of the ways that climate change is harming and shifting global fish stocks. 

Why This Matters:  On Tuesday, pursuant to President Biden’s climate executive order, NOAA announced: “an agency-wide effort to gather initial public input” on “how to make fisheries, including aquaculture, and protected resources more resilient to climate change.

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Atlantic Ocean Currents Appear To Be Changing; So May Hurricane Season

Atlantic Ocean Currents Appear To Be Changing; So May Hurricane Season

In a little-noticed report that could have major implications for both the Eastern U.S. and Europe, scientists announced last week that Atlantic Ocean currents are thought to be 15% weaker than in 1950The Washington Post explained, saying that the “system of currents that includes the Florida Current and the Gulf Stream, is now ‘in its weakest state in over a millennium.'”

Why This Matters: We need to understand both these phenomena better to predict climate events.  They are quite a coincidence.

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Experts Believe Spike in Shark Attack Deaths May be Caused by Climate Change

Experts Believe Spike in Shark Attack Deaths May be Caused by Climate Change

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer  Sharks have killed seven people in Australia in 2020, the most since 1934, and scientists believe climate change might be responsible. According to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia, for the past 50 years, the average number of yearly shark attack fatalities was one. Despite the total number of shark […]

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