NOAA warns of warmer, less productive Pacific

Mar 17, 2015 6:09 PM by News Staff

Those starving sea lion pups off California may be signs of a drastically warming Pacific Ocean.

That's the finding in a newly released fisheries report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The report says dying sea lions off California and starving seabirds off Oregon and Washington may mark a large-scale shift in the Pacific Ocean. NOAA fisheries say the trend is to much warmer and less productive waters.

A warming that began last year off Southern California and the Gulf of Alaska now has spread across most of the West Coast. The Pacific is marking record high temperatures this year and last. Scientists say the trend is hurting the simple marine organisms that make up the base of the Pacific food chain.

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