What Rising Sea Levels Mean for Florida Fish

May 30, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

The National Wildlife Federation is about to release a study showing the effects of global warming on coastal Florida and its fish, and the picture isn’t pretty. Next to Louisiana, Florida is the state most vulnerable to small rises in sea level, and the study shows that even a 15-inch increase in sea level would result in some pretty dramatic changes: half the upper Keys under water, and 10 to 35 percent of some coastal areas under water. “The computer-modeling analysis, commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation and Florida Wildlife Federation, predicts that about 90 percent of Florida Bay’s flats would be inundated in two decades, with only 1 percent remaining by 2100.” Curtis Morgan in the Miami Herald.