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New research on winners and losers of future climate change on UK fish

United Kingdom
Published Jul 13, 2023

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A new paper published by Cefas explores the future impacts of climate change on commercially important fish species in the UK. The study examines the projected effects of climate change on marine habitats for 49 different fish species, categorizing them as 'winners' or 'losers' based on the suitability of their habitat. The findings suggest that northwestern European waters will become more suitable for species such as black seabream, European seabass, and sardine, but less suitable for species like Atlantic cod and haddock.
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New research on ‘winners and losers’ of future climate change on UK fish. A new paper published by Cefas is helping the UK fishing industry to understand the future impacts of climate change on commercially important fish species across the UK. The study, which looked at the projected impacts of climate change on marine habitats for 49 different fish species, is helping fisheries to understand which species are likely to be ‘winners’ and see an increase in suitable habitat, and which will be ‘losers’ with a decrease in suitable habitat. The findings suggest that northwestern European waters are likely to become more suitable for species such as black seabream, European seabass, sardine, red mullet (surmullet), pouting, anchovy, sole and John Dory, (‘winners’), but less suitable for species such as saithe, Atlantic wolffish, starry ray, halibut, ling, lemon sole, Atlantic cod, haddock and megrim (‘losers’). The report is of interest to commercial fisheries as the shifts in ...
Source: Fish Focus
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