The more carbon dioxide in the air, the more acidic oceans become – preventing oysters and tiny marine snails at the base of the food chain from forming shells.
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Bay Center residents in Southwest Washington feared the worst when a neglected boat began to sink in the Palix River. Leaking oil was a concern to local oyster farmers in nearby Willapa Bay.
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Last week, prominent Willapa oysterman Dave Nisbet’s crew hurried to evacuate oysters from a vital bed near the mouth of Cedar River, racing to move them before they smother and die in loose muck churned up by the prolific shrimp.
Keeping Washington's $270 million-a-year oyster industry afloat means addressing some looming threats. Here's a primer on some of the biggies.
Most people's impression of Washington's shellfish industry is hazy at best. Here's what it takes to put oysters on your plate.
Ocean acidification is wreaking havoc on Northwest shellfish farms.