It is said that climate change has caused some weird circumstances to transpire off the coast of New England. Cod populations have been direly affected.
The waters off the coast of New England are undergoing sudden changes in temperature. And this has led to the decline of cod fishery. The strange thing is that while there have been more than enough catches, the cod numbers have taken a nosedive due to a warmer current of water that has overtaken the surrounding seas.
This is not the only bizzare occurrence that has the scientists running to their flow charts. There were snowstorms and blizzards in Boston the previous winter. Five to six years ago there was a rise in sea levels too.
These major changes are part of a continuum. From 2004 to 2013, the rise in sea temperatures was greater than at any previous time in history. The researchers are looking into the matter.
During the aforementioned decade, the waters off the Gulf of Maine and from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia were getting warmer and warmer. This temperature increase was by 0.23 degrees Celsius per year. This is more than has ever been known to occur in the rest of the bodies of water in the global village.
The cod fish quotas also underwent changes by the fisheries thanks to total ignorance about the warming temperatures. Now we have such a SNAFU or “situation normal absolutely fouled up” that the cod percentages stand at a mere 4%.
Finally, after seeing the effects of human intervention, the authorities passed a law according to which cod fishing will be sharply curtailed. This of course spells trouble for those whose livelihood depends on cod fishing. The cod stock of fish stands at the lowest in terms of population in all of history.
This is the first time in more than a generation that such a worst case scenario has taken place. How it will be resolved remains to be seen and it all boils down to climate change. The warm waters have such a devastating effect on the larvae and young cod fish.
What the experts disagree upon is whether the problem is the cod fish, their predators or their prey. It may just be the warm temperatures which the fish are not used to. Whatever the case, it is a huge failure of the human ability to control and manage their environment. This may spell trouble ahead as the food webs surrounding the cod fish are further affected in a negative way.
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The study published in the journal Science.