Black Sea Bass Habitat Is Shifting North As The Atlantic Heats Up

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Black sea bass are common in mid-Atlantic waters. But as the climate warms, they’re increasingly found farther north.

“Fishermen see this change on the water before the management and science community can really adapt to that and react to that,” says David Bethoney of the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation.

He says as a result, fishermen often catch more black sea bass off the coast of Rhode Island than regulations allow them to keep.

“The catch limits are so low — because the science hasn’t caught up with this movement of fish north — that they’re being forced to throw them back,” he says.

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