Fish, Oceans, & Climate Change: The Thousand Year Fishing Downturn

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 08 March 2018


Fish, Oceans, & Climate Change
The Thousand Year Fishing Downturn

Huge Systamatic Effects of Altering Atmosphere

Fishery yields will be dramatically reduced by 2300, study suggests,
American Association for the Advancement of Science, March 8, 2018.

"By 2300, climate change may cause fishery yields to decline by as much as 20% around the globe, and by as much as 60% in the North Atlantic..."

"Southern Ocean...mixing between the bottom and top oceanic layers, delivering such a substantial amount of nutrients to the surface that an abundance flows into other oceans."

Global Warming effects, "...will cause an increased portion of nutrients to sink into the deeper layer of the ocean and become trapped there (for example, the amount of phosphate being upwelled will be reduced by 41%..."

"...alterations to ocean mixing would ultimately drive a decline in fish populations near the surface..."

"They note that the long-term effects of these changes mean that fisheries will be reduced for a thousand years or more."

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These long-term reductions in Antarctic upwhellings triggered by the changing weather of our warming atmosphere are being paralled by the real-time effects of warming sea surface temperatures, and the vast depredations of industrial fishing fleets.

The atmospheric caused 20% reduction in the "fertility" of global fisheries discussed above may not even be an issue, as our industrial fishing and short-term effects of global warming will already have decimated fish populations long before 2300.

My real takeaway from this research is that the thousand year recovery time of Antarctic ocean mixing gives us a glimpse at the gravity of our contemporary destruction of our environment. The environment that we so easily destroy today over decades will not be so easily recovered over centuries.


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