Mussels, clams hit by ocean acidification: how effects could be forestalled

February 24, 2015 2:53 AM

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Mussels, clams hit by ocean acidification: how effects could be forestalled

There's a growing understanding of the factors that contribute to ocean acidification in coastal areas and how shellfish respond. A new study looks at the risks to shellfish and identifies areas where livelihoods are most at risk.

Mussels that enrich a bowl of bouillabaisse or clams that anchor a cup of chowder face a growing threat from oceans soured by carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels, researchers have noted.

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