Monday, 4 September 2017

Cod and haddock go north due to warming UK seas, as foreign fish arrive

Our seafood diet must adapt, say scientists, as climate change forces some favourites to colder waters and threatens others

Saturday 2 September 2017 21.30 BSTLast modified on Saturday 2 September 2017 22.00 BST

Britain must prepare itself for invasions of growing numbers of foreign sea creatures attracted by our warming waters, a new report has warned. Some newcomers could have devastating effects, others could be beneficial, say the researchers.

Examples provided by the team include slipper limpets that could destroy mussel and oyster beds. By contrast, new arrivals such as the American razor clam and Pacific oyster could become the bases of profitable industries for British fishermen.

The team’s research also stresses that Britons will have to change their ideas about the seafood they eat as favourites will disappear from UK waters. Haddock and cod are being forced polewards as ocean temperatures rise, while flatfish like sole and plaice have nowhere suitable to go. At the same time, cuttlefish and sardines are being caught in rising numbers and are destined to become the fish of the future for Britain.

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