Why Are Atlantic Puffins in Danger?

Written by on June 4, 2013 in Marine Life, Other Marine Life

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An Atlantic Puffin with a meal.

An Atlantic Puffin with a meal. Photo credit: Rainbirder via photopin cc.

Atlantic puffins in peril in US

Atlantic puffins in the U.S. are dying of starvation and experiencing a general decline in health, threatening the whole population. Scientists suggest that they are losing weight and dying of starvation due to shifting fish populations as ocean temperatures rise. More than 2,000 puffins live in Maine, but survival rates of chicks plunged last summer and there are indications that populations in other locations are suffering as well.

ICES advice now based on catches

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) used data on the amount of fish caught at sea, rather than what is landed for its 2014 advice on fish stocks. Because most fish don’t survive after they are caught–whether they are discarded and tossed back into the ocean or brought to land–this is a more accurate estimate of fish stocks. The only time this method of data collection won’t be possible is with fisheries where discard amounts are not known or can’t be reliably estimated.

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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