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Size matters for fish in a changing climate

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A recent Planet Earth Online article outlines the surprising impacts that climate change will have on fish populations around the world - specifically the increase of available fish stocks in some continental shelf-sea regions in comparison to a potential dramatic fall of available fish in tropical regions. 

The research comes from the Quest-Fish project led by Professor Manuel Barange from PML, a project which has brought together a large interdisciplinary team of oceanographers, ecologists and social scientists working to predict the consequences of climate change for marine ecosystems, global fisheries and society. The article warns of the serious consequences for regional food security that this research highlights; many millions of people live on fish from coastal and shelf-sea waters, so if the projections are right, the implications could be grim.

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