Study: Changes to ocean expected to damage shellfish around world

Massive global greenhouse gas pollution is changing the chemistry of the world’s oceans so much that scientists now predict it could severely damage shellfish populations and the nations that depend on the harvests if significant action isn’t taken.

A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts shows that ocean acidification is becoming a very serious problem. The study was published in July online in the journal Fish and Fisheries.

“What the study found was that in the next 10 to 50 years many countries are going to see impacts, particularly countries that are heavily reliant on clams and oysters and mussels, and will not be able to adapt by shifting to other foods or aquaculture methods,” said Jackie Savitz, senior scientist and chief strategist for the international ocean conservation and advocacy organization Oceana.

Shelby Lin Erdman, CNN, 18 July 2011. Full article.

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