Southeast, southwest Alaska communities at highest risk from ocean acidification, study says

July 29, 2014 7:10 PM

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Southeast, southwest Alaska communities at highest risk from ocean acidification, study says

Ocean acidification, the chemical transformation that occurs when large amounts of carbon dioxide are absorbed into marine waters, imperils Alaska’s fishing-dependent economy, says a new study funded led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Commercial fishermen who depend on the ocean for their income and subsistence fishermen who depend on it for their diets will be harmed by the documented ocean changes, says the study, accepted for publication in the journal Progress in Oceanography.

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