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Something crossed the news wires last week giving us more evidence that we have a rapidly warming planet. A study in the journal nature found that 968 fish species and invertebrates have moved to cooler waters. It has been going on for decades and the project looked back as far as 1970. Apparently, this one of a kind study said the problems are already being noticed by commercial fishermen. There is an American trade organization which represents 1000 fishing boats. One of the executives was quoted in the news stating, “The biggest problem we have with fishery management is it assumes the future will look like the past. That is no longer the case.” A prime example is the Atlantic surf clam which declined in warmer waters off Maryland but now the surf clams are thriving in the colder waters off New England. Most of those fishing boats have had to move and one Virginia processing plant closed. This is a global problem and as the fish move more toward the North and South Poles, fishing treaties are going to be affected. Also, investments in boats and equipment will be difficult to make when the fish move in a decade or two. I had no idea that fish supplies protein to three billion people worldwide. As one marine biologist said recently, “Global warming is real and has been real for a long time. It is not something in the distant future. It is well underway.” Where we go to solve this problem, I don’t know. What are your thoughts?Fishing and the Climate


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