This month the IPCC published its special report on the impact of climate change on our seas.
The report attempts to set out the scientific consensus on the likely impact of climate change on our oceans, life inside of them, and the potential for them to adapt to a warmer world. You can read a very quick summary of key findings here. They include highly confident predictions of declines in the abundance of fish in the North Atlantic, a very likely weakening of the system that runs the Gulf Stream and a shift in the geographic range of various species, impacted by both the effects of fishing and climate change.
We have already seen climate change impacting our seafood, with an increase in the amount of hake (a species similar to cod) found in our seas. Climate change has also been blamed for the decline in North Sea cod – although we maintain that setting quota beyond sustainable limits, consequent over-fishing, reports of ongoing discarding are major factors. [Read more…]