A Big Threat to Fisheries

February 24, 2015 12:42 PM

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A Big Threat to Fisheries

A new study proposes that climate change affects the health of shellfish through acidification. The large amount of carbon dioxide emission contaminates oceans. Oceans absorb nearly one third of the carbon dioxide present in air. Currently, two regions of the United States are more at risk of oceanic acidification than the others: Gulf of Mexico and the Louisiana bayous. However, it is not too late for the concerned authorities. Government can easily cut rate of risk through controlling carbon emission. The paper is printed in detail in the Journal Nature Climate Change.

A new study compiled by researchers at Oregon State University states that ocean acidification poses serious threat to mollusk farming and fishing, a $1 billion industry. This is one of most comprehensive that quantifies the long-term economic risks of an overly acidic ocean.

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