When it comes to skates, it is easy to think of Heuksan-do skates, but these days, they are caught more often in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, a little further north.

Many fruit producers are also continuing to move north.

Reporter Jin Song-min covered an aspect of climate change.


On the 29th of last month, Gunsan Port, Jeollabuk-do.

At dawn when pitch black darkness fell, a fishing boat comes in.

The crates are loaded with skates from the fishing boats to the harbour.

At the early morning auction that day, 450 boxes of skates, about 1,400, were sold for 43 million won.

[Yoo Sang-gyu / Haemang-dong, Gunsan Suhyup, Jeollabuk-do, Korea: The number of skates is increasing a lot now.

It feels like two or three times.

(Sea) The temperature rises a lot, so there must be such an effect.]

The amount of skate sold in Gunsan Port was only 4 tons in 2017, but it skyrocketed to 1,417 tons last year.

This is 45% of the nationwide skate sales last year.

The distribution of skate, a cold-water fish, is in the Northwest Pacific Coast.

As the temperature of the sea water in this area has risen in recent years, it seems that Jusan Island in the Korean Peninsula is moving north.


Tropical fruit bananas are hanging open.

[Lee Seong-nam / Banana Farmer: (Visitors) say that it seems like they are from Southeast Asia.]

This farm, which has been planting bananas for two years, is located in Siheung, Gyeonggi-do.

[Seongnam Lee / Banana Farmer in Siheung, Gyeonggi-do: Broadly speaking, the facility is now very modernized.

Another thing is that the climate has risen a lot now.

In that respect, conditions were created for this banana to grow here.]

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main producers of temperate fruits are also moving north.

[Moon Kyung-hwan / Agricultural Research Officer, Rural Development Administration: Apples are now said to be very temperate fruit crops.

In the past, a lot of high-quality apples were produced in Gyeongsang-do, but recently, a lot of high-quality apples are also produced in Chungcheongbuk-do and Gangwon-do.

] It is predicted that by 2050, apples can be grown only in the mountainous regions of Gangwon-do, and domestic apples may almost disappear by 2070.

[Park Jung-jae/Professor of Geography at Seoul National University: Extreme weather is such a disaster derived from global warming that we can directly feel. Besides these, I think we need to keep an eye on the ecosystem.]

(Video coverage: Kim Hyun-sang)