World squid and octopus populations on a rise

Finally some good news.  With all the drastic changes that are occurring in the worlds oceans, there are clear winners and losers.  A recent article has provided definitive proof that all cephalopods, a group that includes octopus, squid, and cuttlefish, are clear winners. Researchers concluded that cephalopods from New England to Japan have boomed since the 1950s.  What is interesting is that it seems all species in all locations, both warm and cold regions of the oceans are increasing in numbers.  From a fisheries perspective this is great, as we now know that squid and octopus are providing a sustainable source of food.  From an ecological perspective the message is less clear.  Where there are winners, there are typically losers, we just don’t yet have enough information to know who these are.

By | 2016-07-29T18:38:02+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Categories: Climate Change, Current Events, Food, Global change, Overfishing|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jacob Allgeier

I am an ecologist with broad interests in how human-induced changes alter how ecosystems function and the services that they provide. A central focus of my research is understanding how changes in biodiversity affect the flow of nutrients and energy in ecosystems. Most of this research takes place in tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs.

I am an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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