Rising sea temperatures could mean haddock, plaice and lemon sole will disappear

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Guys, there’s no easy way to say this: traditional fish and chips could be a thing of the past.


According to a new study as sea temperatures continue to rise, traditional fish-and-chips fish like plaice and haddock will disappear in search of cooler waters.


In the last 40 years, the North Sea has warmed four times faster than the global average and researchers at the University of Exeter say it will rise a further 1.8 degrees over the next 50 years.


Louise Rutterford, a postgraduate researcher at the University of Exeter who carried out the study said, “Our study suggests that we will see proportionally less of some of the species we eat most of as they struggle to cope with warming condition in the North Sea.”


Dr Steve Simpson added in the journal who published the study, Nature Climate Change, “We will see a real changing of the guard in the next few decades. Our models predict cold-water species will be squeezed out, with warmer water fish likely to take their place.


“For sustainable UK fisheries, we need to move on from haddock and chips and look to Southern Europe for our gastronomic inspiration.”


And that inspiration is said to come in the form of John Dory, sardine, squid and red mullet. So, while we mourn the potential loss of our traditional chip shop fish, it’s not all bad news.