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New England sees rise in warm-water ocean species

Thursday - 9/26/2013, 11:19am  ET

CLARKE CANFIELD
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Fish commonly found in warm ocean waters to the south have become more common in New England as ocean temperatures rise.

In the past two years, fishermen in southern New England have seen a noticeable increase in croaker, cobia and spot, species more commonly found in the waters off the mid- Atlantic.

In the colder Gulf of Maine waters north of Cape Cod, black sea bass have become more prevalent the past two summers. Longfin squid, which are found primarily south of Cape Cod, were present in Maine waters in the summer of 2012, resulting in new fisheries and markets being developed for the season.

Lobstermen have reported seeing large numbers of ocean sunfish, which normally live in temperate waters, and even finding sea horses in their traps.


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