US Oysters, Scallops Getting Cooked by Acidic Seas

February 23, 2015 4:02 PM

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US Oysters, Scallops Getting Cooked by Acidic Seas

Oysters, clams and scallops are going to cost a lot more at your favorite seafood market or restaurant, while fishing communities in southern New England, the Pacific Northwest, coastal Alaska and parts of Maine will likely take a big hit as shellfish start feeling the effects of rising ocean acidification, according to a new study by a team of marine scientists.

As climate-warming greenhouse gases are pumped into the earth’s atmosphere, the oceans are absorbing more carbon dioxide. This causes a chemical reaction that makes seawater more acidic, especially in colder regions. Higher levels of acidity are already destroying the larvae some species of shellfis...

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