Editorial: Shifting fish giving New Jersey an early global warming challenge

Fishing boats, Cape May, NJ

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – The slow warming of the Earth someday will require difficult adaptations in many sectors of society, for example farming, energy and insurance.
One challenge already is here — fish. They are voting with their fins, moving northward out of warming ocean waters and into cooler temperatures they prefer. And that is disrupting fisheries management and quotas, which only recently had achieved stability and acceptance.

Earlier this year, a study led by a Rutgers University marine biologist predicted two-thirds of the 700 ocean species it analyzed would be forced to migrate — some more than 600 miles — in the worst warming scenarios …

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