Pink Salmon Risk Double Dose Of Acidification, In Rivers And Sea
(Click to enlarge) Pink and Chinook salmon in the Elwha River. (Credit: NOAA)
Pink salmon in the Pacific Ocean face a double threat of acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions since it slows their early growth in rivers and disrupts the chemistry of seawater, a study showed on Monday.
(From Reuters / by Alister Doyle) — Impacts have in the past been more studied in the seas than in fresh water. But the Canadian study found that acidification of rivers could make young pink salmon, the most abundant type in the Pacific, smaller and more vulnerable to predators by dampening their ability to smell danger.
Damage done by acidification “in fresh water in pink salmon could occur in all other salmonids”, Colin Brauner, a co-author at the University of British Columbia, told Reuters. The findings were published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
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