Warming sea temperatures pose grave threat to hundreds of fish species

Climate crisis to put 60 per cent of fish species examined at risk

Kate Ng
Friday 03 July 2020 17:35
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Global warming looks like it will be a far bigger problem for the world's fish species than scientists first thought, since a study led by Dr. Flemming Dahlke shows that when fish are spawning or are embryos they are far more vulnerable to hotter water
Global warming looks like it will be a far bigger problem for the world's fish species than scientists first thought, since a study led by Dr. Flemming Dahlke shows that when fish are spawning or are embryos they are far more vulnerable to hotter water

With global warming continuing to rise, the threat of higher temperatures looms especially large for the fish population, whose reproductive capabilities may face serious repercussions by the end of the century.

A new study published in the journal Science warned that the fish species at risk include some of the most commercially important species in the world, which humans depend on to make a living as well as for consumption.

Fish are particularly vulnerable to temperature changes during two stages of their lives — when they are embryos and as adults of breeding age, said the authors.

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