Oyster Hatchery Sows Pearls Of Wisdom On Climate Change

2016-04-14T14:37:39+00:00 April 14, 2016|
Maine oyster (Credit:  T.Tseng / Flickr)

(Click to enlarge) Maine oyster (Credit:
T.Tseng / Flickr)

Say “infrastructure” and most people think roads and bridges, not tubes and valves. But to Bill Mook, the black box in the basement of his oyster hatchery is every bit as fundamental as the basic facilities and structures that serve as a community’s framework.

(From The Washington Post / by Holly Ramer)– Mook, who started Mook Sea Farm 36 years ago, raises millions of tiny seed oysters for growers along the East Coast, as well as full-grown oysters for shops and restaurants. At the end of the last decade, he started having severe problems growing larvae in the hatchery, and after consulting with West Coast peers who had experienced similar trouble, figured out the problem: ocean acidification.

Greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming also are making the ocean more acidic, which interferes with the ability of oysters to build strong shells. That could carry implications for other species such as clams, scallops and the all-important lobster, which alone accounts for more than 90 percent of Maine’s $534 million shellfish industry.

Read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/oyster-hatchery-sows-pearls-of-wisdom-on-climate-change/2016/04/14/bafde052-0207-11e6-8bb1-f124a43f84dc_story.html