In addition to affecting climate, the Gulf Stream can also affect the productivity of fishing areas. Many factors contribute to fishing conditions, and the factors interact in complex ways. Factors include water motion, direction of local currents, topography of the ocean bottom, fish preferences for certain habitats, phases of the lunar cycle, and local and regional weather conditions. Next, you'll examine what sea surface temperatures can reveal about ocean productivity near the Gulf Stream.
! Examine the image and read the excerpt below from a forecast on the productivity of fishing areas near the Gulf Stream.