Fishing for Answers In a Temperature-Changing Environment By ANthony Madalone

Summary: Fish up and down the Atlantic United States have been moving upward and outward to deeper and cooler waters, with two thirds of marine species in the Northeast being shown to have migrated or expanded their range. Not only does this disrupt marine ecosystems, but it also disrupts the entire fishing industry: Regulations on who gets to catch what is still based on old numbers. For example, the sea bass population once abundant hundreds of miles more southward now has the center of it's population in New Jersey. However, due to old regulations, North Carolina still has a right to the biggest share of bass, leading them to travel outside of their state to obtain their share and other states with more abundant fish having to either compete with out of staters or dump their abundance of fish.

Someone's unhappy with current temperatures and regulations

To further complicate the situation, it's extremely hard for scientists to figure out exact numbers on fish populations, and uncertainty often leads to more turmoil. In a 2014 survey on butterfish, the results were far too inconclusive, and led to a temporary ban on the fishing of butterfish. After actually talking to fisherman, however, the scientists realized they hadn't accounted for butterfish migration in their survey, leading them to develop a model that calculated for movement, which eventually gave way to conclusive results and a lift on the butterfish ban. But even studies like these are temperamental. At this point, science is simply moving too slow to keep up with fishing's needs.

This industry butter get their act together

Analysis of Article: At least on a national scale, commercial fishing isn't an industry that gets brought up often, more often than not being overshadowed by pipelines and the rest of the energy department. However, for every step energy makes, the ocean's temperature is affected, leading to a greater disparity in fish and a greater need for caution when deciding who is allowed to fish what, how much of it, and where. This article took a near solely commercial view on fishing, and inadvertently brings up the question of how much fishing should be left for industry and how much should be fishable to all.

Should this girl take a hike and stick to the shore? Or is it commercial fishing's turn to relax?

Additionally, the article hints at the shifting cultural effects the shift in fish will have. Lobster that once plentifully populated New England are now near squarely in Maine. How will New England lobster places keep up with continued demand for lobster? Will the culture shift to the new fish that populate New England, or are some restaurants and fisheries stuck grasping for the fish they once had?

The continued lob-star if New England? Or on the way out?

My Big Takeaway: I've always been a massive fan of seafood. Ever since being introduced to swordfish as "swordfish steak" as a child, I've relished every opportunity I could get with the salty, savory flavor of the sea. With these shifting fishing patterns, however, I'm not sure if it's healthy for the environment for my seafood demand to remain where it has been. It might be time to take a step back and analyze what seafoods are stable in their fishing patterns and what are turbulent to a point of non-safety, and to eat accordingly.

In other words, if you sea food, don't necessarily eat it!

Credits:

Created with images by SilverSun42 - "fishing net fishing net" • Renee V - "Channel Islands 08 13" • NOAA Photo Library - "fish4385" • missvancamp - "IMG_0586.JPG" • Tauchteufel - "lobster diving croatia" • cote - "Quality Seafood"

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