SoMAS Southampton Fall Lecture Series
Description: On Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Janet Nye will present a lecture titled ‘The future is now: Climate change and New York fisheries’.
The abstract of the talk appears below. We hope to see you there!
We often talk about climate change as something that will happen in the future, but in fact, the climate has already changed and marine ecosystems have responded in a variety of ways. Waters off the Northeast US coast have warmed faster than 99% of the global ocean and have experienced two ocean heatwaves in just the past six years. In response, fish have moved to cooler waters and some populations have declined in abundance. While there are numerous negative impacts to fisheries such as cod and yellowtail flounder, other fisheries like summer flounder and black sea bass have responded favorably to warming. With responsive and more flexible fisheries management, coastal communities can adapt to climate change.