Oyster Farmers Gather in the Desert

This year the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association’s annual conference is in Lake Chelan.

The conference started out with a bang on Wednesday morning with a talk about ocean acidification by Dr. Richard Feely of NOAA and the University of Washington.

Here’s a brief, and dirty, description of the problem: Scientists have long known that the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide… and for a while they thought that was a good thing because it removed co2 from the atmosphere. But now they know that the extra co2 is actually making the oceans more acidic. As that happens, we can expect most sea plants (which use co2) to flourish, and creatures like snails, coral, oysters, and plankton to suffer.

Hama Hama Oyster Blog, 2 October 2008. Blog.

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