N.J. flounder, sea bass pushed north because of climate change, say scientists

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FRANK KUMMER / PHILLY.COM – Continued ocean warming could cause habitats of many species of fish, including flounder and black sea bass, regularly found off New Jersey’s coast, to move much farther north with the potential to alter fisheries and challenge commercial fishing operations, new research has found.

“Our study suggests that climate change will force hundreds of marine animals to shift north, including some of the species most important right here in the Mid-Atlantic,” said Malin Pinsky, a biologist and Rutgers University professor in the department of ecology, evolution, and natural resources. He is a co-author of the Rutgers-led study, published last week in the journal PLOS ONE.  The study was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration …

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