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Marine Species Thriving Around The UK

September 5, 2017

By Paul Homewood



h/t Mark Tinsley


Yesterday I highlighted the Guardian report that all of our fish were swimming north to get away from our overheated seas.


Yet last year a partnership of over fifty nature conservation organisations published the  “State of Nature 2016 Report”, to provide simple and clear information about how our wildlife is faring in and around the UK, why and what we can do about it.




It included this table, showing population change:




Most marine species, but particularly fish, have seen an increase in population rather than a decrease.

Given that this has happened during a period, when we have supposedly had overfishing, I think we can safely ignore the claims of climate doomsters.

Indeed the report the declines in some species are directly the result of fishing.


Amongst the contributors to the report are:


Marine Biological Association
Marine Conservation Society
Marine Ecosystems Research Programme



I don’t think Captain Birdseye has too much to worry about just yet!

  1. Joe Public permalink
    September 5, 2017 10:54 am

  2. Ian Magness permalink
    September 5, 2017 12:06 pm

    The broad effects of over-exploitation of fish stocks world-wide are clear, albeit difficult to quantify with any degree of accuracy. Its not rocket science – just ask commercial and sport fisherman what they used to be able to catch in any area in multiple time periods and compare.The effects of climate change, however, are not clear at all. Why? We simply do not have the data going back any meaningful time in history on such issues as temperatures at certain depths that the species prefer, water chemistry at any depth, availability of populations (and migrations) of different parts of the marine food chain, the effect on all of the above from natural weather events such as El Ninos etc etc etc.
    My gut feel is that climate change, such as has occurred, has had no impact at all on the great majority of fish populations throughout the world. Overfishing, pollution and natural factors far outweigh the fantasies of the warmistas.

  3. September 5, 2017 12:58 pm

    Thanks for highlighting this Paul.

    An underlying scientific study for the State of Nature report is here: (yes, it was peer-reviewed)

    Their conclusions, for 300+ species between 1970-2014:

    Climate change is “by far the largest positive impact upon species”… has “had a wide range of impacts on species, with more species impacted positively than negatively in the short-term at least”. Also habitat loss from other causes has been ongoing for “hundreds of years” (I.e before the dreaded fossil fuels).

    As an aside, the study lead authors are from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). In their own report (buried in the data sources), the Avocet (the RSPB’a logo) has benefited from climate change so far.

  4. Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
    September 5, 2017 1:59 pm

    Four years ago – Sept 17th 2013, Floors Craig (a sea cliff) just north of Newtonhill, Aberdeen: Climbers anecdote – never seen so many fish in my life while standing by the wave-cut platform. The water actually looked black and a writhing mass of fish, small ones being eaten by the mackerel, further out mackerel being eaten by the dolphins. Never seen so many fish in my life – this happens of course to be one of the biggest oil producing regions of the World. The volume of fish was mind-boggling.

  5. September 5, 2017 5:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism.

  6. AZ1971 permalink
    September 5, 2017 5:47 pm

    The only eyebrow raising statistics in that table are those of the invertebrates which are in decline as they form the basis of the entire food web. However, those declines could easily be attributed to lower nutrient levels off the UK coastline which may or may not be the result of rising water temperatures (colder upwelling = higher nutrient loads.)

    Having said that, my personal opinion is that we as a species needs to do a far better job of reducing bycatch waste. Fish are fish, and even if they may not be a targeted species for catch, they still are tasty and would serve plenty of people well. I’m thinking things like bouillabaisse as an example.

    When you live in a desert climate such as Arizona, fresh fish and seafood of ANY kind is highly desirable and reason enough to be envious of those who have close access to it.

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