Climate change threatens to take away fish and chips: Dubbed the undisputed national dish of Britain, fish and chips, could soon be a thing of the past as certain fish species are being threatened by climate change, including cod and monkfish populations.

That’s the finding in a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology which suggests some commercial fish species could be adversely affected by rising temperatures that could lead to declines species , including cod, megrim, anglerfish, monkfish.

The research which involved the Centre of Environment, the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the Met Office suggests the English Channel, Celtic Sea, the Bristol Channel and parts of the southern North Sea have experienced a rapidly warming pattern in the past 40 years and further increases are expected.

This region could see sea surface temperatures rise up by 2°C to 4°C by 2098 suggests the survey.

Basing their analysis on various climate scenarios, researchers argued on average, projections towards 2090 show increased abundance for warm‐water‐associated species, including red mullet and declines in populations for the fish species associated with cooler waters.

Katherine Maltby Lead Author says the results of the research could help policymakers and fisheries management to adapt to the everchanging climate.

Climate change threatens to take away fish and chips

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