“various environmental factors are taking their toll on plankton the world over. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported recently that marine phytoplankton is declining across the oceans. Even Canadian cod fishermen are noticing that the plankton-feeding fish they catch are often nearly starving as a result of lack of this crucial food source.”
Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/plankton-dying-461109#ixzz0yQsVWKRp
If you’re asking about phytoplankton, scientists hypothesize that they are dying off because of rising temperatures connected to climate change. Phytoplankton have declined by 40% in the last 100 years, with most of it occurring since the 1950s. If climate change is actually the cause behind the losses, it would “represent the single biggest change to the global biosphere in modern times.” It even trumps the destruction of coral reefs and rainforests.
These findings are very worrying because phytoplankton are basically the support for the entire marine ecosystem’s food chain.
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