Wednesday April 13, 2022

The Independent

Warming of the oceans due to climate change will mean that while the fish caught today will still exist in the future, they will not exist in as many numbers, new research suggests.

In this context, overfishing would also become easier as population rates are so low, the findings indicate.

The study also found that predator-prey interactions will prevent species from keeping up with the conditions where they could thrive.

Study co-author Malin Pinsky, an associate professor in Rutgers’ Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, said: “What that suggests from a fisheries perspective is that while the species we fish today will be there tomorrow, they will not be there in the same abundance.

“In such a context, overfishing becomes easier because the population growth rates are low.

“Warming coupled with food-web dynamics will be like putting marine biodiversity in a blender.”

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