Shrinking Mediterranean sardines the 'latest victims of global warming'


Many theories had been doing the rounds among fisherfolk: an increase in hungry predators such as the bluefin tuna and dolphins, overfishing, and epizootic diseases in the Gulf of Lions – the Mediterranean’s richest pasture for sardines, anchovy and mackerel.

However biologists at the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) debunked these hypotheses in a report published Monday, concluding the sardines were getting skinnier because their own food source – plankton – was drying up.>The microscopic marine organisms, which are carried along by tides and currents, have depleted by 15 percent while also becoming less nutritious. It’s a consequence of global warming, given the plankton are usually fed by nutrients from cooler, deeper waters.

"Satellite images clearly show a drop in the quantity of microalgae in the mid-2000s … at the same time we started to see a decline in the size of sardines," says Jean-Marc Fromentin, a researcher at Ifremer.

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11:10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which [is] in the waters, they [shall be] an abomination unto you:

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