Posted onJune 19, 2023bySAI|Comments Off on Marine heatwave off UK and Irish coasts poses serious threat
Sustained high temperatures over summer could trigger mass mortality of fish and oysters, say scientists
An “unheard of” marine heatwave off the coasts of the UK and Ireland poses a serious threat to species, scientists have warned.
Sea temperatures, particularly off the north-east coast of England and the west of Ireland, are several degrees above normal, smashing records for late spring and early summer. The North Sea and north Atlantic are experiencing higher temperatures, data shows.
Current EU legislation stipulates that it is illegal to keep more than two European Sea Bass caught in any 24-hour period.
The current legislation also made it illegal to keep any European Sea Bass during the period of 1 January to 28 February and 1 to 31 December 2023. There is currently a minimum size limit of 42 cm for each Bass retained.
Between 1 March and 30 November two European Sea Bass caught in any 24 hour period may be retained.