World’s fish have been moving to cooler waters for decades, study finds

“The biggest problem we have with fishery management is it assumes the future will look like the past,” he said. “That’s no longer the case.”In places such as Chatham, Mass., and the Gulf of Maine, fishermen who use small boats already are suffering severe economic consequences as cod and haddock that once lived close to the coast move north. While larger boats can reach those fish populations in cooler, deeper water farther offshore, smaller boats cannot, said Richard Merrick, director of scientific programs and chief science adviser for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service.  continued

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