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Ocean temperatures along the northeast coast are the highest in 150 years of recorded history

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, April 27, 2013/Categories: natural history, sustainability, environment, climate change

According to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (part of NOAA):

"Sea surface temperatures in the Northeast  Marine Ecosystem during 2012 were the highest recorded in 150 years."

Sea-surface temperature measurements are based on contemporary satellite data and long-term ship-board measurements. The ship-board measurements date back to 1854. Temperature increase in 2012 were the highest jump in temperature seen and only one of five times temperature has changed by more than 1.8 F in the records.

Northeast Large Marine Shelf Ecosystem  (credit: NOAA)

Other investigations have documented large scale changes in fish and shellfish distributions showing that ~50% of the 36 stocks in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, including many commercially valuable fish species, have been shifting northward over the past 40 years. Like other climate change indicators including land plants, animals, and bird species, marine organisms are responding to their rapidly changing environment.

Michael Fogarty of the Ecosystem Assessment Program said:
“What these latest findings mean for the Northeast Shelf ecosystem and its marine life is unknown, but what is known is that the marine ecosystem is changing.”

Frankly, I prefer my lobsters cooked on a pot on stove rather than being boiled in their lobster traps.


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