Zooplankton Decline Reported in Northeast

Zooplankton, Image/NOAA
Zooplankton, Image/NOAA

SouthCoast Today: The microscopic creatures that make up a critical link in the ocean food chain declined dramatically the first half of this year in the North Atlantic as ocean temperatures remained among the warmest on record, federal scientists say.

Springtime plankton blooms off the coast of northern New England were well below average this year, leading to the lowest levels ever seen for the tiny organisms that are essential to maintaining balance in the ocean food chain, said Kevin Friedland, a marine scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Read more about the decline of zooplankton in the North Atlantic.