Are smaller fish pre-adapted to warmer oceans?.

Pauly, Daniel and Froese, Rainer (2020) Are smaller fish pre-adapted to warmer oceans?. Open Access In: Marine and Freshwater Miscellanea II. , ed. by Pauly, Daniel and Ruiz-Leotaud, Valentina. Fisheries Centre Research Reports, 28 (2). Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, pp. 131-141.

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This contribution suggests that the well-documented genetic selection for smaller fish that is the result of decades of sustained, intensive fishing also selects for “skittish” fish with a relatively high metabolic rate. However, skittish fish are highly susceptible to the higher temperature likely to prevail in the next decades in fresh and marine waters, which should contribute to making fisheries more susceptible to the effects of global warming. We submitted a piece to this effect to a leading fisheries/marine science journal, but for reasons that are mentioned in an appendix, we did not agree to having it published along with a contrarian piece. We present here, instead, the article as originally submitted, along with an appendix with our response to the original reviewers’ comments.

Document Type: Book chapter
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Marine Evolutionary Ecology
ISSN: 1198-6727
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2020 13:15
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2020 13:15

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