It’s unclear whether The Blob will affect area salmon fisheries.
Scientists from the West Coast are gathering in Seattle this week for a conference on a giant mass of warm ocean water that has lingered in the Northeast Pacific for the past two years.
At its peak, The Blob generated ocean surface temperatures that were 2 to 3 degrees Celsius above average. Now, temperatures are only .5 to 1.5 degrees Celsius above average.
This season’s pink salmon were slightly bigger, but southern Panhandle runs fizzled.
“Eventually, we were going to eat it,” said Gary Johnson. “But then a bear came and got to our cooler. And he had some fresh tuna.”
Bering Sea temperatures having been clumping up in multi-year warm and cold spells, which could have profound impacts on the ecosystem.
Scientists and fishermen have reported more unusual species in Alaska waters, including the subtropical mola mola, or ocean sunfish. It’s likely because of warming sea surface temperatures.
Scientists expect warm ocean temperatures will continue affecting climate, weather, and marine life throughout the year.
Climate change and mild winters may have prompted April’s early out migration from Auke Creek.
Scientists suspect mass of warm water in Pacific may have influenced weather and attracted unusual marine species.