Young Sablefish Surviving Winter Despite Marine Heatwaves

Marine heatwaves in the Gulf of Alaska have led to lower growth, body condition, and survival for many fish species, but young sablefish (blackcod) have thrived. Juvenile sablefish can grow very quickly in these warmer temperatures, as long as they have access to high quality food. In a new publication, authored in part by Dr. Anne Beaudreau, fat storage and growth of sablefish was measured over their first two years of life to better understand their survival strategies. One key to success for young sablefish is growing fast and getting fat during the fall, before they enter their first winter. Pass the pumpkin pie, please! (Or, herring and salmon carcasses, in the case of sablefish).
To learn more, you can read the paper here: