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July 09, 2020 - EcoWatch

Warming Oceans Deter Fish From Spawning, New Study Finds

Warming Oceans Deter Fish From Spawning, New Study Finds
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German scientists now know why so many fish are so vulnerable to ever-warming oceans. Global heating imposes a harsh cost at the most critical time of all: the moment of spawning.

"Our findings show that, both as embryos in eggs and as adults ready to mate, fish are far more sensitive to heat than in their larval stage or as sexually mature adults outside the mating season," said Flemming Dahlke, a marine biologist with the Alfred Wegener Institute at Bremerhaven.

"On the global average, for example, adults outside the mating season can survive in water that's up to 10°C warmer than adults ready to mate, or fish eggs, can."

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