NOAA, UNCW Study Finds Warming Atlantic Ocean Temperatures Could Increase Expansion of Invasive, Native Species
(Click to enlarge) This group of lionfish (Pterois volitans) pictured here are actively foraging for small prey fish species. The NOAA diver is using video to help quantify and document the fish community off North Carolina. This photo was taken in 146 feet of water. (Credit: NOAA)
Warming water temperatures due to climate change could expand the range of many native species of tropical fish, including the invasive and poisonous lionfish, according to a study of 40 species along rocky and artificial reefs off North Carolina by researchers from NOAA and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
(From NOAA)–The findings, reported for the first time, were published in the September issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.
“The results will allow us to better understand how the fish communities might shift under different climate change scenarios and provide the type of environmental data to inform future decisions relating to the management and siting of protected areas,” said Paula Whitfield, a research ecologist at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and lead author of the study.
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