Blue Ocean Institute FellowDr. Demian Chapman, is leading a scientific research expedition in the Bahamian Shark Sanctuary. Chapman’s team is conducting groundbreaking research on the movements and behavior patterns of different shark species in an attempt to better understand and protect them.
Over the last few decades, warming ocean temperatures have caused marine species to move to new places. They are leaving some places where temperatures have become too warm for them. And they are invading new places that have now become inhabitable due to increasing temperatures. For example, on both sides of the North Atlantic (the U.S. northeast coast and western European coast), scientists have found that cod have shifted their distribution to higher latitudes, as have several other commercially valuable fish species. In these areas, fishermen are also starting to see more warmer-water fish, like black sea bass in the northeast U.S. and red mullet in northern Europe1.