Biologists Track Unusual Fish Sightings on Alaska's Coast
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Peninsula Clarion] October 12, 2015
Biologists say unusual fish are appearing near Alaska’s shores, likely because of warmer ocean temperatures caused by El Nino and the patch of warm water known as “The Blob.”
State fishery biologist Scott Meyer, who is based in Homer, is amassing photos from people with bizarre sightings. Those include a 900-pound ocean sunfish near Juneau and warm-water thresher sharks around the coast of Yakutat.
“It’s unusual to have these fish caught in near-shore fisheries,” he said.
Other strange sightings include Pacific bonito near Ketchikan, albacore tuna around Prince of Wales Island and yellow tail near Sitka.
The peak of this year’s particularly strong El Nino is coming...
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