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OceanAdapt Tracks Movement of Fish Due to Climate Change

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OceanAdapt is tracking changes in fish movement.

With the oceans warming, fish such as black sea bass, flounder and cobia are moving away from their usual ocean homes. They are seeking deeper and cooler water, as their typical habitat has warmed two to two and a half degrees during the last 45 years.

Rutgers University has developed a way to share fish tracking data in order to learn more about the changes in fish behavior. OceanAdapt is a website that shares the tracking data Rutgers researchers receive. It allows visitors to explore regional and national data, as well as download it for their records.

Fishermen, fishery managers, and scientists all benefit from this information. This data will help update modern day fishing regulation changes due to climate change.

The website displays the movement of fish clearly, including the drastic change in movement toward the north.

The trend towards the north and deeper waters is obvious.

This data makes it clear that fishing regulations, like these fish, need to adapt to environmental changes. What will happen in 10, 20 or even 50 years if these trends continue?

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OceanAdapt Tracks Movement of Fish Due to Climate Change