OLYMPIA, Wash.– Washington’s shellfish are dying and it has nothing to do with pollution.
The State Department of Ecology is discovering that increased deaths in juvenile shellfish larvae are due to growing acidity in the waters.
Hedia Adelsman, project manager with the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification says this is a problem that hasn’t really been addressed in the past.
She says the ocean’s chemistry is changing and pH levels are lowering.
The Panel held a public meeting last week discussing the issue.
Washington shellfish growers employ more than 3200 people and provide and estimation economic contribution of $270 million per year.
Lauren Sires, KGMI News Reporting, 13 August 2012. Text and audio.