Warming in the Channel leads to a decline in cold - water fish

Type Article
Date 2017-11
Language English
Other localization http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/warming_in_channel_leads_to_decline_cold_water_fish_497na2_en.pdf
Contributor(s) Auber ArnaudORCID
Source Science for Environment Policy (SCU, The University of the West of England, Bristol.), 2017-11 , N. 497 , P. 1-2
Note European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, edited by SCU, The University of the West of England, Bristol.

Results from a long-term study of fish communities in the Bay of Somme in the English Channel show that numbers of cold-water fish, such as dab and plaice, have been dropping since 1998, as sea temperatures have risen. The researchers say this is evidence of ‘tropicalisation’ in an English-Channel ecosystem. The findings may have implications for conservation policies in the Bay, which is a Marine Protected Area1 designated under the Natura 2000 programme, as well as other marine sites affected by warming.

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