SoCal Fish Populations Dropped 78 Percent Over Last 40 Years
Posted on Jul 11, 2013
Scientists sifting through records of fish caught in the cooling systems of five coastal power plants confirmed “there has been a steep, ongoing drop in a wide variety of fish in the region over several decades,” the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
Eric Miller, a senior scientist at MBC Applied Environmental Sciences, the consulting firm that conducted the research along with UC San Diego, told the Times: “The coastal fish community that we have here in Southern California has changed dramatically and we can’t relate it to anything other than a regional oceanographic climate effect. I knew that there was a decline, but coming so close to 80% was startling to me.”
The researchers don’t fully understand what is behind the destruction of fish populations, but they said it could be related to changing seawater density and rising ocean temperatures from global warming.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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