Thanks to Ed Jahn at Oregon Field Guide for sharing this episode on ocean acidification, as well as some great resources for learning more about how carbon dioxide emissions are affecting seawater and aquatic organisms.
The video features some of the Oregon State University scientists who are launching new research into the effects of ocean acidification on shellfish. Watch scientist Burke Hales change the acidity of water in a beaker simply by blowing into it through a straw. And hear from the owner of an oyster hatchery in Netarts about the year his crop of oysters stopped producing larvae.
“That pretty much hit us between the eyes,” Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery owner Mark Wiegardt says. “We need to be studying what’s going on out there.”