Possible Changes in the CCS Associated with Global Climate Change

Potential Impact: Decreased zooplankton production and prey for higher trophic levels (fish) Potential Impact: Decreased survival and recruitment to coastal fish and invertebrate populations because of increased offshore transport of larvae and/or dispersion of prey organisms. Potential Impact: More frequent and stronger disruptions of “normal” conditions, favoring different species adapted to disturbed environments; periodic warmer than average temperatures; perhaps regime shifts. Potential Impact: Shifts in major biogeographic boundaries; altered recruitment rates of coastal species through changes in the effectiveness of larval transport; increases in warm water predators altering mortality patterns and rates.