Doomsters foiled by new study of ocean fish

Oops! Scientists have just discovered that they didn’t know about the existence of most of the fish in the oceans – 95% of the biomass of the world’s oceans. That’s a rather formidable oversight. Stephen Adkins of The University Herald reports:

The biomass of mesopelagic fish is estimated to be 10 times higher than previously thought, according to a Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) study.

Until now, researchers estimated that there were about 1000 million tons of the fish, which accounted for a massive share of total fish biomass in the world. However, the new study estimates the population of mesopelagic fish to be around 10,000 million tons.

Similar to lantern fish and cyclothonids, mesopelagic fishes live in the "twilight zone, between 200 and 1,000 meters (656 and 3281 feet) deep in the ocean. 

The population of Mesopelagic fish was counted through trawling nets earlier. However, since the fish are adept at dodging the nets, the experts used acoustics like sonar and echo sounders.

"Malaspina has provided us the unique opportunity to assess the stock of mesopelagic fish in the ocean...... It has recently been discovered that these fishes are able to detect the nets and run, which turns trawling into a biased tool when it comes to count its biomass," Duarte from the University of Australia Ocean Institute said in a press release.

So, it turns out that we have been unable to measure vital factors, components that have been missing from the most sophisticated models used to predict doom. Just as with global warming models that are laughably called “settled science.”

Doomsters are being refuted. Phys.org adds:

Prof Duarte says research into the five ocean gyres, where vast amounts of flotsam collect, turned up surprising results.

"We actually called them oceanic deserts," he says.

"They are not desert at all, they are very vibrant ecosystems that support a very high biomass.

"The largest fish stock in the ocean is not in the coastal areas … but actually in the central gyres of the oceans.

"The food web … in the central gyres of the ocean … it's a lot more efficient than we thought."

He says the survey also showed the oceans were healthier than previously thought.

"This very large stock of fish that we have just discovered, that holds 95 per cent of all the fish biomass in the world, is untouched by fishers," he says.

Something about the progressive mindset revels in taking a little knowledge and fabricating a prediction of doom unless we hand over control of our lives to government guided by progressives.  Global warming predictions of doom have been discredited, and now the specter of ocean “deserts” has been debunked.

The hubris of Cassandras predicting ecological disasters has been exposed once again.  

Hat tip: Clarice Feldman

Oops! Scientists have just discovered that they didn’t know about the existence of most of the fish in the oceans – 95% of the biomass of the world’s oceans. That’s a rather formidable oversight. Stephen Adkins of The University Herald reports:

The biomass of mesopelagic fish is estimated to be 10 times higher than previously thought, according to a Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) study.

Until now, researchers estimated that there were about 1000 million tons of the fish, which accounted for a massive share of total fish biomass in the world. However, the new study estimates the population of mesopelagic fish to be around 10,000 million tons.

Similar to lantern fish and cyclothonids, mesopelagic fishes live in the "twilight zone, between 200 and 1,000 meters (656 and 3281 feet) deep in the ocean. 

The population of Mesopelagic fish was counted through trawling nets earlier. However, since the fish are adept at dodging the nets, the experts used acoustics like sonar and echo sounders.

"Malaspina has provided us the unique opportunity to assess the stock of mesopelagic fish in the ocean...... It has recently been discovered that these fishes are able to detect the nets and run, which turns trawling into a biased tool when it comes to count its biomass," Duarte from the University of Australia Ocean Institute said in a press release.

So, it turns out that we have been unable to measure vital factors, components that have been missing from the most sophisticated models used to predict doom. Just as with global warming models that are laughably called “settled science.”

Doomsters are being refuted. Phys.org adds:

Prof Duarte says research into the five ocean gyres, where vast amounts of flotsam collect, turned up surprising results.

"We actually called them oceanic deserts," he says.

"They are not desert at all, they are very vibrant ecosystems that support a very high biomass.

"The largest fish stock in the ocean is not in the coastal areas … but actually in the central gyres of the oceans.

"The food web … in the central gyres of the ocean … it's a lot more efficient than we thought."

He says the survey also showed the oceans were healthier than previously thought.

"This very large stock of fish that we have just discovered, that holds 95 per cent of all the fish biomass in the world, is untouched by fishers," he says.

Something about the progressive mindset revels in taking a little knowledge and fabricating a prediction of doom unless we hand over control of our lives to government guided by progressives.  Global warming predictions of doom have been discredited, and now the specter of ocean “deserts” has been debunked.

The hubris of Cassandras predicting ecological disasters has been exposed once again.  

Hat tip: Clarice Feldman

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