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Flying fish, the undisputed icon of Barbados, features as the main ingredient in the national dish, is printed inside its passport and stamped on the one-dollar coin. But in recent years the number of flying fish has declined, driving up prices to the point that the islands staple food is now becoming a luxury. The Down to Earth team went to find out more.

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Multiple theories exist for the fall in numbers, but most of them point to climate change, which has both forced the fish to flee to cooler waters further from the coast and contributed to the massive influx of sargassum. Since the arrival of the brown algae in the Caribbean in 2011, flying fish landings have plummeted by almost 50 percent.

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