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Fish moving north

Warmer ocean temperatures in Svalbard waters has resulted in new species moving into the food chain.

In recent years new species of fish have been registered as permanent residents in Svalbard waters. In an upcoming publication researchers from, amongst others, the Norwegian Polar institute and UNIS documents the findings of herring and capelin in the stomachs of captured birds. Capelin has in some years replaced krill as the major food source for captured kittiwakes and makes up a significant part of the diet of local seabirds. (in Norwegian)

(Berge, J., Heggland, K., Lønne, O.J., Cottier, F., Hop, H., Gabrielsen, G.W., Nøttestad, L., and Misund, O.A. First Records of Atlantic Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) from the Svalbard Archipelago, Norway, With Possible Explanations for the Extension of Its Distribution. In Print ARCTIC, 2014)

Also in recent years schools of mackerel have entered Isfjorden and have been caught along with cod, haddock and even salmon by local residents. 


Cod from Isfjorden Cod from Isfjorden

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