That could be a boon to bottom feeders like clams, gray whales, walruses and eider ducks. But puffins, terns and other animals that eat plankton-munching fish may lose out, because they cannot penetrate even thin sea ice.
But it is not clear how those winners and losers will interact to reshape the Arctic ecosystem, said Walker Smith, a marine scientist at the the College of William and Mary who contributed to the study.
"We can't really give a good prediction of the effect of this shifting on food webs yet," he said.
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