Climate Change Projected to Drive Species Northward
(Click to enlarge) Common thresher shark. (Credit: NOAA SWFSC)
Anticipated changes in climate will push West Coast marine species from sharks to salmon northward an average of 30 kilometers per decade, shaking up fish communities and shifting fishing grounds, according to a new study published in Progress in Oceanography.
(From Science Daily / NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region)–The study suggests that shifting species will likely move into the habitats of other marine life to the north, especially in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. Some will simultaneously disappear from areas at the southern end of their ranges, especially off Oregon and California.
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