Have you ever noticed menu changes at your favourite eatery? Restaurants often update their menus depending on various factors including evolving culinary trends, shifting consumer preferences and the availability of ingredients required to prepare these signature dishes.

Today in The Conversation Canada, William W.L. Cheung from the University of British Columbia talks about yet another factor that has caused restaurants to rewrite their menus — climate change.

With every passing year, we have witnessed the effects of climate change escalating and intensifying. We have seen heatwaves, loss of sea ice, flooding, wildfires and ocean warming in recent decades alone.

Cheung talks about how ocean warming has caused an influx of warm-water fish and other marine species higher and higher up the West Coast of North America over the past century. This has influenced the fish catch, seafood availability and restaurant menus along the northern Pacific coastline.

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Warmer-water preferring fish species like sardines and squid may soon dominate seafood menus on the west coast of Canada. (Shutterstock)

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As the ocean temperature rises, many marine species are moving toward the north and south poles in search of cooler waters, thus rewriting the menus of seafood restaurants on the West Coast of Canada.

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