Codfish Losses Linked to Warming Ocean, Says Study


The Cape Cod Times reports on the finding of a new study showing that the survival of western Atlantic codfish has been severely impacted by rising ocean temperatures.

The study found that warmer water temperatures in the North Atlantic have affected plankton productivity, especially the zooplankton species favored by larval cod. In addition, juvenile codfish have moved into deeper, cooler waters where they are exposed to more predators. The study also criticizes fishery managers for not taking higher mortality levels into account when formulating past fishing plans.

Read more about the recent study that found that codfish populations have been shrinking due to rising ocean temperatures.