Friday, September 25, 2009
Anglers Feel Effects Of Ocean Warming
Living between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, I know many sport and commercial fisherman. Those who make their living or free time on the water, they took notice that this summer brought the warmest ocean surface temperatures since statistics were first recorded in 1880, and now local waterman are talking about how it impacted them.
Sport and commerical fisherman tend to be more on the conservative side of politics but are now admitting that global warming is a reality. This past summer when they noticed that tuna and marlin catches became less common this summer and with the documented data showing warmer currents off shore, they are now admitting that the ocean’s temperatures are rising due to climate change. According to the national Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climatic Data Center, Delaware had its eight warmest August since the center first began recording data in 1895.
Sport fish typically congregate in areas with large temperature gradients between warm and cold waters. But because the warm water was everywhere and the lack of colder currents offshore, they all suffered financially.