Young fish moving north as climate changes

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Numerous studies in the Northeast U.S. have shown that adult marine fish distributions are changing, but few studies have looked at the early life stages of those adult fish to see what is happening to them over time.

A new study by NOAA Fisheries researchers has some answers, finding that distributions of young stages and the timing of the life cycle of many fish species are also changing.

“The distribution and timing of the life cycle of many fish species are changing,” said lead author Harvey Walsh, a fisheries biologist at the NEFSC’s Narragansett Laboratory in Rhode Island. “The consequences of these changes for fisheries management need to be considered, but an important first step is documenting that change is occurring.”

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