US shellfish industry at risk as oceans become more acidic

February 23, 2015 8:49 PM

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Increasingly acidic ocean conditions are threatening US shellfish populations, with the Pacific Northwest and Alaska expected to be affected first, and the Northeast likely to be hit the hardest, researchers said.

More acidic waters have already cost the oyster industry almost $US110 million ($141 million) in the Pacific Northwest, and conditions in the Northeast will cut into the $US300 million annual mollusk harvest in southern Massachusetts, according to an article published Monday in the journal Nature Cl...

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